Parents and teachers have raised concern after students in various schools tested positive for Covid-19. The positive tests have come days after grade 4, class 8 and form four students resumed classes in the phased reopening of schools by the Ministry of Education.
Ruth Koech, the Nandi County Health Executive confirmed that one student tested positive for Covid-19. The student went to school at at Kabote SDA Secondary school in Nandi Hills. Currently, he is at an isolation center in the area.
“We dispatched a team of experts to the schools and tests revealed a case at Kabote Secondary. The health teams are closely monitoring schools to ensure the situation is under control,” Ms. Koech stated.
Case in Kakamega County
In Kakamega county, another student also tested positive for Covid-19. The boy was a student at St Peter’s Boys in Kakamega county. Experts admitted him to an isolation center in Mumias after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Dr Collins Matemba, the County Health Executive, assured residents that they were monitoring the situation in the school.
“He is currently in stable condition at the isolation center. Adequate measures have been taken to ensure that other students who interacted with him have been quarantined in a facility at the school,” Dr Matemba said.
With the resumption of classes, students with underlying conditions are at a high risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus.
In a previous report, the Ministry of Health warned that those with underlying conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure are at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19.
Most schools are yet to come up with solutions on how they will practice social distancing once all the other students go back to school.
While addressing the nation on 14th October, Dr Patrick Amoth said that the government has plans to handle Covid-19 cases if they increase after reopening.
Education CS Mutahi Kagwe is yet to agree to the rest of the students going back to school.