The World Health Organisation, WHO, has warned many countries on their decisions to reopen schools, especially amid the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.
A senior official of the organisation, Michael Ryan, said reopening of schools should be based on data-driven COVID-19 public health strategies and not just political.
The Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme stated this at a briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, NAN reports.
According to Ryan: “We can’t play Whack-a-mole. We need to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time”.
He stated that the issue of school reopening had become a “political football,” which he described as not being fair on the children.
Ryan further said, “Decisions must be made on data, and an understanding of the risks.
“There needs to be a sustained commitment on suppressing the virus. If we can suppress it, then, schools can open safely.”