Following the increase in number of positive Covid-19 cases, the Ministry of Health has commented on the fate of students who went back to school only a few days ago.
The Ministry revealed its plan of handling the Covid-19 cases, especially now that schools have reopened. Speaking during an interactive session on Twitter, Ministry of Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth made a few revelations.
He said that the Ministry has a surveillance system in place to monitor the Covid-19 cases in schools. Additionally he said that the Ministry would randomly test students. This way, it would be easy to tell whether there are any infections in schools.
“We also plan to do random sampling in schools to establish the rate of infection in schools if at all,” Dr. Amoth revealed.
Dr. Amoth also said that the decision to reopen schools was a delicate one. However, he also said that school-going children are not vulnerable to the virus.
“We look forward to lessons that will be learned in these first few days of phased opening before deciding whether to continue with the low numbers or full operation,” the Ministry of Health Director-General said.
“We have given special attention to teachers, students and staff with pre-existing conditions to avoid infection within the schools,” he added.
Reason for the increased number of positive cases
Dr. Amoth noted that the removal of certain containment measures is the reason for the surge in positive Covid-19 cases.
However, he noted that we cannot term the current Covid-19 cases as the second phase because we had not flattened the curve of the first phase.
Additionally, Dr. Amoth said that the cases would increase if Kenyans do not strictly adhere to the Covid-19 prevention rules. Amoth also commented on returning to the strict containment measures.
“The Ministry has a duty to ensure that we are a healthy nation. Should we witness a surge, then that will be our final option for the good of the country,”he said.