image of Fumigation of Schools for COVID-19 Prevention in Nigeria: The Need for a Rethink
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The government of Nigeria ordered closure of schools to slow the spread of COVID-19 when the pandemic hit the country. About 5 months into the outbreak, secondary schools have been reopened to allow students to write their terminal examinations. Many state governments and school owners are fumigating their schools as a way of disinfecting the school environment and ensuring safe resumption of academic activities. We discuss the undue attention given to fumigation in this instance and stress the importance of addressing more beneficial and sustainable strategies to prevent COVID-19 in Nigerian schools.

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  • Received : 18 Aug 2020
  • Accepted : 19 Aug 2020
  • Published online : 25 Aug 2020
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