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Student tests positive for Covid-19, classmates and teachers isolated

A form four student in Machakos County has tested positive for Covid-19. The student learns at Muumandu Secondary School, Machakos County. 16 people who interacted with the student are currently in isolation.

A medical team took the student to his home at Kee village in Kaiti sub-county, Makueni County.

On 22nd October, the Principal of Muumandu Secondary School, Mr. Patrick Mwangangi, wrote a letter to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). In the letter, he informed the TSC that four teachers whoo had taught the student were on self quarantine for 14 days.

“The teachers’ samples were taken for testing. A medical team tested twelve students who shared classes and a dormitory with the boy and put them in isolation,” the letter reads in part.

The Principal noted that medical officers responded quickly to ensure that the virus does not spread.The medical staff disinfected the entire school two days after the student  tested positive for Covid-19. Additionally, they educated teachers and support staff  on the best way to ensure the virus does not spread.

Preparedness

Ancent Kituku, the Machakos Health executive affirmed that schools in Machakos are well prepared to combat the virus. Mr. Kituku  also confirmed that all the patients that have tested positive for Covid-19 are asymptomatic.

“I caution the public, especially those on social media, against publishing patients’ names to prevent stigmatization and anxiety as this can lead to many other problems,” the Health Executive said.

Students testing positive for Covid-19

Parents and teachers raised concerns after the significant increase in positive Covid-19 cases. Since grade 4, class 8 and form 4 students resumed classes, several students have tested positive for Covid-19.

Ruth Koech, Nandi County Health Executive confirmed that a student at Kabote SDA Secondary school in Nandi Hills had tested positive for Covid-19. In Kakamega County, a student at St Peter’s Boys also tested positive for Covid-19.

The Ministry of Health has urged students to take precautions.

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