Voi Primary school [photo: twitter – Cambridge radio]
Nov, 5th 2020 – A primary school in Voi, Taita Taveta County has been closed down after three teachers tested positive for Covid-19. It is the first school to be closed in the county since learning institutions reopened countrywide three weeks ago.
Health officials have already moved in to test over 27 teachers and support staff as learners remain home until their Covid-19 test results are out. County director of education, Samson Wanjohi, said contacts of the three teachers have been asked to self-quarantine at their homes as they wait for their results.
Mr. Wanjohi added that it is difficult to conduct testing for all students due to lack of enough testing kits. He also said that the county government is working hand in hand with the Ministry of Health on how to undertake the process.
Wanjohi said, “We are waiting for further advice from the health department. But for now, we have to close the school until further instructions.“
According to John Mwakima, county Executive for Health, the department recommended closure of the school to prevent further spread of the infections. he added that over 300 learners have been sent home and will not undergo testing due to shortage of kits. “We will review the decision when we get the test results for the teachers.”
These infections come after cases of infections have started to spike in the county and countrywide. the situation has also caused tension at the nearby Mwakingali Primary school.
Moi County Referral Hospital has also been forced to shut down the orthopaedic and physiotherapy departments after a staff member tested positive.