Awka-Stakeholders in the education sector have been urged to maintain a high level of hygiene in their schools to promote conducive environment for teaching and learning.
Basic Education Commissioner, Prof. Kate Omenugha gave the directive while declaring open a workshop on Hygiene Promotion in Schools at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
She said the seminar was aimed at building capacities of the Education Secretaries, Area Education Officers, ANCOPSS Presidents and Secretaries on ways of sustaining friendly working environment.
The commissioner told the participants to be mindful of the sanitary condition of their schools, which she described as critical for effective teaching and learning.
To facilitate the process, she directed that School-based Health Management Committees (SBHMC) be set up in every school in the state.
The SBHMC should comprise representatives of students and pupils, education secretaries, principals, head teachers, parents, school caterers, nurses and representatives of the communities.” Omenugha said.
Government has provided hand washing facilities in schools and so it is important that children are taught proper hand washing at critical times.”
The commissioner pointed out that children should be educated on proper methods of refuse disposal to check indiscriminate littering of the environment.
Earlier, a resource person, Dr Tony Okwukaogu, in his presentation, explained that the symptoms of Lassa fever include high fever, headaches, facial swelling, mucosal bleeding and muscle weakness.
He said that transmission was basically through rats to humans and human to human and advised that contact with rodents should be avoided.
According to Okwukaogu, there should be constant sensitisation of staff and students.
He urged them to cook their food properly and avoid drinking exposed garri.
Mrs Chinenye Atuegbu in her lecture, enjoined teachers to imbibe the habit of cleanliness, so as to inculcate the habit in the students and pupils as children learn by example.
An effective way of seeing that students imbibe the habit of taking care of their environment is by ensuring that they are taught the right attitude toward the waste that they generate,” Atuegbu said.
Acting Director, Educational Services Department, Mrs Vera Ogbalu, called for more of such training and pledged to sensitise other stakeholders to step down the training in their various stations.
ANCOPSS secretary, Otuocha Zone, Christiana Obiora, commended the ministry for organising the workshop, noting that it was timely.
Source: Anambra State Government