21st January, 2022
Oyo State government has distributed COVID-19 first aid kits to some Non-Formal Learning Centers, under the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.
Dr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo SUBEB said the distribution is part of its efforts at ensuring rapid response to emergencies at its learning centres.
He explained that the Board will not rest on its oars towards ensuring that centres are given required support within BESDA provisions.
According to him, the gesture was to guarantee necessary first aid treatment when required and prevent avoidable death, while the BESDA programme goes on in the State.
The OYOSUBEB helmsman said the Board is concerned about the promotion of safety and hygienic practice in non-formal learning centres, adding that this will make learners secure and enhance their capacity on compliance to covid-19 protocols.
Dr Adeniran stressed that the first aid kits would ease the treatment of injuries and sudden illness before the arrival of professional medical care.
“Given the nature of the non-formal learning settings, we deem it very significant to equip these centres with first aid kits and covid-19 safety materials because of the children”, he said.
According to him, the kits, which would be supplied in phases to the learning centres, could be used to take care of small wounds, sprains, minor burns and fractures.
Reiterating the commitment of the Seyi Makinde-led administration to the general well-being of learners, the Executive Chairman said two hundred and fifty centres will benefit in the first phase, saying the other centres will be reached out to in the second phase.
He stressed that the Oyo State Government is fully committed to the struggle of returning all out-of-school children to school, saying they must access free basic and qualitative education.