The World Safety Organisation (WSO), on Thursday, charged school proprietors and teachers to always ensure the safety of pupils by keeping the school environment free of hazards.

The Deputy Director, WSO in Nigeria, Dr. Olusola Okunola, gave this charge ahead of the 2019/2020 academic session starting in September, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.

“The first thing a school must do is try to make the environment setting safe for every child’s return to school.

“Most importantly the crèches where the defenceless babies will be kept should be free from danger.

“I will also advise that beds should be used for the children instead of cots for easy monitoring and in the event any child runs into trouble, such as death.

“Though in Nigeria cot death is not something that we get to see because most of the time the baby stays on the same bed with the mother.

“But, there is the need for us to be watchful; the reason why a baby may die in cot varies; some may die of food choking and will not be noticed,” he said.

The Deputy Director also called for schools and daycare facilities to also be cross-ventilated as some pupils had peculiar health challenges like seizures and breathing problems.

Okunola, who also spoke on sleeping positions for infants, pointed out that babies should not be laid on their bellies as some find it inconvenient.

“Laying babies on their tummy may not be beneficial because some babies feel good laying on their back when they sleep.

“The risk of cot death heights between one and four months of age but remains a threat until babies are 12 months,’’ he said.

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