The Ministry of Health begun targeted testing for Covid-19 at Maranda High School on Tuesday after one student reportedly tested positive.
The testing enters third day today. According to Siaya County’s Director of Public health Kennedy Orwenjo, one positive case was found in the school last weekend and as a result of this, they have begun targeted testing.
He said they are currently doing contact tracing and only testing those who may have had contacts with the index case.
The Maranda High School student who tested positive for the coronavirus was put in isolation at the Bondo sub-county hospital’s isolation unit.
Orwenjo however dismissed claims that they have begun mass testing to all the over 600 Form Four students at Maranda High School, noting that they still do not have the capacity of doing the mass testing.
He also dismissed claims that there is one of the teachers from the same school who has also been put in isolation.
“The targeted testing just began yesterday and we are still waiting for the results,” he said.
The testing comes after reported Covid-19 cases in schools the recent one leading to death of Tononoka Secondary School principal Mohammed Khamis.
The Principal succumbed to the virus days after the school was closed following reports of Covid-19 spread.
His deputy Mr Benjamin Kitsao Nzaro confirmed his death on Monday.
The late had been admitted a Mombasa hospital but succumbed to the deadly virus on Monday afternoon.
He had been admitted at the Mombasa Hospital for 11 days at the ICU.
He was buried at 3 pm on Monday under Islamic rites.
That the government does not have capacity to test 600 learners. What a shame