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COVID-19: Reopening Of Federal Varsities Amidst Second Wave

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It’s has been approximately about nine months since the first wave of this contagious virus. In the year 2020, covid-19 cases has since risen and fell simultaneously at the end of the year thereby prompting events and social gathering to fall back to normal in the mean time. But things has began to change recently this new year when a new kind of this virus has been rumoured to be of existence.

The second wave of this contagious disease has been said to be more infectious than the first and as such double preventive measure should be in place if citizens want thier safety.

Amidst this harsh infection, the Nigerian schools which was meant to resume studies immediately this new year, would have no other choice but to reschedule it’s resumption till further notice. But then, with lots of academic session lost including the major shift in the academic calendar which was jointly caused as a result of the first wave of covid-19 and the souring rift between ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities) and the Federal Government over the former’s demands.

Considering these major set backs last year 2020, it has been believed that things would return to normal and be set back in place, hence the second wave of covid-19 was received with mixed feelings.

As the case maybe, the second wave of covid-19 should be treated as a case of emergency but then, what would the fate of the Nigerian students specially students in federal owned tertiary institutions, be?

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What Next?

That’s the big question regarding this unbalanced issue that greeted the whole world. Unlike most developed countries, this wouldn’t have been an issue as they have alternative means of studying aside physical lectures, quiz and examinations. This is to say that, students would always have an alternative means to study reproductively.

Now, having been faced with this crises, it would be hard for one to encourage Nigerian students to continue staying back at home, likewise it wouldn’t be wise to encourage the reopening of schools amidst the second wave of this infectious disease hence the big question.

Relatable Solutions.

As a popular cliché would say, ‘The only thing that doesn’t have a solution is death”, and that brings us to some relatable Solutions in this crossroad.

Firstly, during the peak of this pandemic last year a lot of safety measures has been set up to curtail the spread of the virus. In which case, states were mandated to set up a covid-19 health care for testing. For safe resumption, schools should be mandated to have a special health care set in place for covid-19 patients and potential patients. This would serve as the quarantine space for students carrier.

Also, just like the presidential task force mandated last year, schools should set up washing bowls at strategic points in the schools including a hand sanitizer as well. Non academic staff should be given the task of monitoring and provision of neat water for all and sundry.

Again, school authorities should facilitate an online classes for courses that has much population, in this case the social distancing would be observed.

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Nevertheless, students, staff and visitors shouldn’t be allowed into the school premises without a nose mask. Nose masks should be made affordable and within reach at every nook and cranny of the school compound. Hawkers and small retail businesses in school should be a stable point for distributing nose mask and hand sanitizer.

Finally, students should be reminded of the need to avoid body contact with one another often times and staff offices should be limited to few people at a time.

With all these set in place, there’s a huge possiblity that the spread of covid-19 would decreased drastically and at the same time, students are allowed to study and meet up with lost times previously.

Without much ado, covid-19 is a contagious disease, but abiding strictly to these preventive measures set up by WHO, UNICEF etc, it’s spread would decrease and everyone could live normally.

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