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COG Decry Lack Of Face Masks For ECDE Learners




The Council of Governors has decried the lack of age-appropriate face masks for the Early Childhood and Development Education (ECDE) learners barely days after school reopened.

With the Covid-19 claiming lives, COG chairman Martin Wambora said since schools reopened, County Governments have proceeded to put in place measures to safeguard the health of all teachers and learners in ECDE and VTC institutions.




He said the schools lack sufficient disinfectants to guarantee frequent and consistent fumigation of common areas and learning stations to limit the spread of the virus.

“We call upon the Ministry of Education to liaise with the MOH and Development Partners to provide adequate PPEs and sanitation materials to enhance the safety of learners and teachers,” he said.




In January, Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha indicated that public schools could not conform to the requirement, remarking that masks would be relied upon in preventing infections.

The CS said that the ministry had asked the Treasury to release an extra Sh13 billion for the secondary schools and Sh2.8 billion for primary schools to cater for operations upon school resumption.




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Wambora added that the total number of available beds in isolation centers was 7,963. Kenya has 373 ICU beds, the total number of available beds in the HDU facilities is 166.

Cumulatively in 47 Counties, a total of 933,826 doses have been administered as follows:- Healthcare workers – 162,475, Security – 79,376, Teachers – 146,830, people above 58- 284,681, and other – 261,700.




 

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