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.