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Bayelsa Deputy Chief of Staff heads Safe Schools Reopening Committee

        By Inegbagha Majesty

    Bayelsa state Deputy Chief of Staff Government House Yenagoa, Dr Peter Akpe has been appointed chairman to monitor the implementation of the COVID-19 safety protocols in the state.
   His appointment followed Governor Douye Diri’s inauguration of a 10-member Safe Schools Reopening Committee to monitor the implementation of the COVID-19 safety protocols across the state.

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Governor Douye Diri
     Inaugurating the committee on Tuesday in the state capital at a programme tagged “Safe School Reopening Train-the-Trainers” Governor Diri said the state has put safety measures in place to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 preparatory to resumption of final year students on Wednesday.    He said the government had provided 10,000 face masks, temperature scanners, soap and water for all public and private schools in the state.
   Diri advised the committee to monitor and ensure compliance with the safety protocols to make sure the state maintain its lowest infection rate of 339 among the comity of neighboring states in the region.
   According to the Governor, Rivers has 1,842 cases, Delta 1,520 and Bayelsa is listed 23rd out of 36 states in order of infection rates by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
   He ascribed the low infection rates in the state to the strict enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols and the dedication of the health professionals.
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Centre, Dr Peter Akpe   
   The governor stated: “Our commitment to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which has ravaged the entire globe is total and out of responsibility for the health of our dear children, we decided to close schools on March 26 even before we recorded the index case in Bayelsa on April 27, 2020.
   “I commend the efforts of our health care professionals whom I describe as generals in the battlefield. And with the steps we have taken, the teachers have joined the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
   “We seek the cooperation of parents, teachers and the relevant stakeholders in the health and education to prevent teacher-to-student transmission of the virus and vice versa.”
    In his remarks, Co-Chairman of Bayelsa State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr Nathaniel Apoku, noted that some 90 per cent of the 339 positive cases out of the 5,000 screened persons had been discharged.
  Akpoku affirmed: “We have so far tested 5,000 and as we speak, we have only 24 active cases under our care. Our isolation centres are virtually empty and this is due to the commitment, dexterity and funding support by the government.

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