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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Adamawa prolongs school closure due to deadly measles outbreak

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The Adamawa Government has extended the resumption of primary and secondary schools for the third term academic session to 13 May to enable the government to vaccinate children against measles. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Aisha Umar, announced this in a statement on Monday in Yola.

Ms Umar explained that the pupils and students were scheduled to resume today, 6 May but the resumption was extended to 13 May to contain the measles outbreak in parts of the state.

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According to her, the disease had already affected some children.

“In view of the above, the Executive Governor of Adamawa, Ahmadu Fintiri, has directed that all schools, both public and private, should remain closed for one week.

“The new resumption date will be Monday, May 13, to enable the task force to conduct an elaborate vaccination campaign for all children.”

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“The ministry regrets all inconveniences caused by the sudden extension,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a measles outbreak recently killed 42 children in Mubi North and Gombi local government areas of the state.

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