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Fears Of Second Lockdown Looms As Covid-19 Numbers Surge In Schools

Fears Of Second Lockdown Looms As Covid-19 Numbers Surge In Schools

As fear of another lockdown looms amongst Ugandans, the Ministry of Health has announced how Covid-19 has surged in schools. While speaking to the media yesterday, Dr Henry Mwebesa the director-general of health services urged schools to report all cases of covid 19 detected.

“As of 18th May, that’s about a week ago a total of 29 schools from 17 districts have reported a total of 803 cases and one death.” Mwebesa said.

He also added that the major cause of these surging infections is non-adherence to the SOPs.

“The main causes are overcrowding and certainly non-adherence to SOPs and inadequate supervision by the learners.”

He went ahead to urge headteachers of all government-aided schools and proprietors of private schools to avoid the habit of concealing information about infections.

“Schools are not keen at reporting because they think if they report, we shall go and investigate and close them. This is not our objective. Our objective is to help them by isolating those who are sick. And treat them then allow those who are not sick to continue. So we want to encourage schools who have infections or observe any symptoms to report to us.”

Some of the districts that have reported covid 19 cases in schools include Amuru, Masaka, Kampala Moroto among others. The ministry has also proposed to recall vaccines from districts that have barely used them. And perhaps enforce a second lockdown.

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