Ongoing pandemic (COVID19) and opening of schools in Pakistan

Observing the difficulty this COVID has imposed upon us, and the impact it has given to many countries around the globe. It can be seen that all these countries are at different levels to understand the situation and to reopen the schools.

In Pakistan, the Federal minister has announced September 15th as the tentative date to reopen the schools in Pakistan. Two provinces Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have considered this and have decided to stay firm with the decision. Although it is very difficult to handle such a situation where the lives of many including students, teachers and other people involved are at risk.

Since, this pandemic is not predicted to end soon, it is bringing in all the thoughts regarding how to bring in the students in classrooms with all the safety possible. Before opening all the institutions, it is very important that our policy makers take all the precautionary actions involved into consideration. An important consideration is that this fatal infection spreads more in the age group between 3 to 16 around the globe.

We also have to think that students might infect teachers as well at the end of the day. At the same time, we cannot ignore what has happened with the countries who decided to open schools during this pandemic and what were the results and precautions they took to make the environment safe for all the students in this pandemic.

Being realistic here scientists and doctors around the globe are working really hard to figure out as to when this pandemic will end or what is going to be the cure for this. However, there are a few studies that can be found helpful in order to understand the upcoming impact of this pandemic over children.

In a nutshell, it is important to understand that a country like Pakistan, which is not sufficient in its health-related resources, would not be able to digest another spill of this pandemic. As most of our people lie below the literacy rate and cannot afford to have treatments. It is advised that the government should take all the possible actions to make sure every school follows SOPs strictly.

Read more with the articles presented by UNICEF:

Personal Protective Equipment Worth $500,000 reach Pakistan’s front-line workers, thanks to Asian Development Bank’s Support to COVID-19 Response
Link: https://www.unicef.org/pakistan/press-releases/personal-protective-equipment-worth-500000-reach-pakistans-front-line-workers-thanks

The Government of Pakistan, UNICEF and WHO encourage people to adhere to Sops and reinforce preventive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Link: https://www.unicef.org/pakistan/press-releases/government-pakistan-unicef-and-who-encourage-people-adhere-sops-and-reinforce

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