THE Health and Child Care Ministry recorded 1 412 cases of COVID-19 in schools between August 30 and September 23 this year.
Vaccination of school pupils aged 12 and above according to the Health Ministry has commenced to quell the spread of Covid in schools.
With many teachers unions dubbing the opening of schools as a recipe for disaster,the Health authorities said there is no need to panic as the cases were mild or moderate requiring no hospitalisation.
” Ministry of Health and Child Care wishes to inform the nation about recent reports of COVID-19 cases in schools across the country since they were re-opened on the 30th of August 2021. As of the 23th September 2021 there are 1 281 school children and 131 teachers who have tested positive for Covid 19 across the country,” MoHCC said in a statement. “These bulk of the cases are being reported mainly from boarding secondary schools across the country through the enhanced surveillance mounted by the Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education using the Joint Operational Plan for the Coordinated Prevention and Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic at all learning institutions in the country.”
Added the Health Ministry, “Most of the reported cases have been mild and not requiring hospitalization and no fatalities have been reported. The Ministry wishes to assure the nation and the affected parents that measures are being taken to safeguard the safety and health of the affected learners.”
The Health Ministry said mitigation measures have been put in place.
These include, “Increased COVID-19 testing of all suspected cases on-site.
Isolation and management of all positive cases at the affected schools.
Quarantine of the all learners that have been exposed at their schools.
Restriction of movement into and out of the affected learning institutions/ schools until there are no more new cases. This includes prohibition of visitations by parents.
Enhanced public health and social measures including physical distancing, corhoting, hand washing and sanitization and proper wearing of face mask and exercising good hygienic standards.
Vaccination of eligible population within the schools and the surrounding communities
Increased awareness on COVID-19 in the schools and surrounding communities.”
The Ministry urged affected schools and communities to continue practising strict hygiene, sanitization, handwashing, physical distancing and proper wearing of masks. “Those suspecting COVID-19 must seek medical attention from the nearest health facility. Furthermore, eligible people should go for vaccination offered at the nearest health facility,” said the Health Ministry.