Covid-19 cases at George Silundika High. THE Ministry of Health and Child Care has established an isolation centre at George Silundika High School in Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North after 44 pupils and staff tested positive to Covid-19.
This becomes the second learning institution to have a huge number of learners test positive to the coronavirus after John Tallach in the same Umguza District was hit by the pandemic last year leading to premature closure of schools.
The government has set up Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that have proved effective in dealing with covid outbreaks at learning institutions.
Umguza and Hwange districts account for most of the cases that have been reported in the province because of proximity to Bulawayo and the country’s borders.
Matabeleland North Provincial Medical Director Dr. Munekai Padingani yesterday said everyone at the school is being tested and 350 which is half the population of learners and staff has been tested so far.
He said one pupil started showing symptoms last week and tested positive resulting in all contacts being tested. “It started with one case of a student and we sent a Rapid Results Team from Nyamandlovu and then we tested contacts and five came out positive.
We decided to test all of them and we are now testing everyone and one teacher was positive also although we are still waiting for the consolidation of yesterday’s statistics. We want to test the whole school and so far we have tested 350 which is half and we have 44 cases. Just like we did at John Tallach we have put an isolation centre there,” said Dr. Padingani.
Source – ZimCitizen
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