17 students in two schools in Bungoma County have contracted the covid-19 virus. Kimilili Boys’ High School and Friends School Kamusinga are among the latest victims of the coronavirus pandemic that has denied a lot of learners their right to education.
Friends School Kamusinga Boys returned positive results for 11 students while Kimili Boys High School confirmed another 6 cases by Thursday morning leading to their isolation in Webuye.
A teacher from Kamusinga who sought anonymity revealed that tension was rising in the school due to fears that more teachers and students could have contracted the virus adding that the school might be shut down for fumigation.
“Many parents have been calling while others have been here to check on their children; we are doing our best to ensure students don’t flout ministry of health directives on social distancing, sanitising, wearing masks and washing hands regularly,” the teacher told the Nation.
Dr Simon Kisaka who is the Webuye county hospital medical superintendent disclosed that a sum of 28 patients are currently at the facility and the students are isolated at the Webuye County Hospital.
Schools not adhering to COVID-19 protocols
Dr Kisaka stated that the rising of infection cases is a clear implication that the majority of schools are not ready to comply with the ministry of health protocols in fighting the virus. He added that this rate, the government might be compelled to shut down schools for the safety of teachers and learners.
Fears have also emerged that 4 nurses and two senior Bungoma County Referral Hospital doctors are receiving treatment at home after testing positive for Covid-19. Dr Patrick Wandili who is a health chief officer in Bungoma noted that the medics are out of danger.
Mr Wandili asked medics to be more careful while on service as they are in the front line in the fight against COVID-19. Bungoma county referral hospital has ten Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds. A spike in covid-19 cases has forced the executive and the Assembly to halt their normal operations.
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