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Monday, October 26, 2020 – A Form Four student of Muumandu Secondary School, Machakos County, has tested positive for Covid-19, while 16 people, who interacted with him, have been put in isolation.

The student was taken to his home at Kee village in Kaiti sub-county, Makueni County by the medical team.

The School Principal, Patrick Mwangangi, wrote a letter to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) stating that four of the teachers who taught the student had self-quarantined for 14 days. 

“The teachers’ samples were taken for testing.”

“Twelve students who shared classes and a dormitory with the boy were tested and put in isolation,” read part of the letter,” the principal said.

He added that the medical officers were prompt in their response to prevent the virus from spreading. 

Within two days after the case was confirmed, the medical personnel had disinfected the school and also educated teachers and support staff on measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Machakos Health executive, Ancent Kituku, affirmed the preparedness of schools within the county in regards to combating the virus.

He confirmed Covid-19 cases within two schools in the county and said all the patients are asymptomatic. 

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

There has been a concern after students in various schools tested positive for Covid-19, days after resuming classes in a phased reopening by the Ministry of Education.


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