Schools in Uganda Report Cases of COVID-19 Outbreak

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According to a press statement released today by the Director General, Health Services in the Ministry of Health, their is a rampant rise of Covid-19 cases in schools. Below is an excerpt from the report.

Covid-19 Outbreak in Schools

The  Ministry  has  noted  a sharp  rise  in the  number of COVID  19 cases  in schools. As of  18 May 2021, a total of 29 schools  from 17 districts, have recorded a total of 803 cases and 01 deaths.

The affected schools  include; ten  Nursing Schools, eleven  Secondary schools, seven   Primary  schools,   one   PTC   and   one   tertiary  institutions. Some Universities have  also reported cases and are under investigations. The main drivers  of transmission in schools  are overcrowding,  non-adherence to SOPs and inadequate supervision of the learners.

I   want to  appeal  to  the  administrators  of the  schools  to  step up  vigilance, identify sick learners/ teachers early, enforce adherence to SOPs and report promptly to the nearest health facility for any suspected cases. The teachers/lecturers  who  are  not  yet vaccinated  are encouraged to  take  the lifesaving exercise seriously and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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