Plans are on top gear to spare aged teachers and those with pre-existing conditions from attending classses.
Mvita MP Hon. Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir while speaking in a conference of Mombasa county headteachers said he will table a motion to the National Assembly that will see the vulnerable teachers are protected.
“For those teachers who have pre-existing conditions and are above a certain age should be spared from going to school,” said Nassir.
Citing the recent death of Tononoka Principal Mohammed Hamis, Nassir said such occurrences can be avoided if we take the right steps.
The teacher succumbed to Covid-19 and he was aged and living with a high blood pressure condition.
The Mp said he will table a petition and rally for support to ensure the ailing and aged teachers are excluded from attending school.
“Am planning to raise within the National Assembly a motion or a petition or whatever thing it is as a matter of urgency to protect the vulnerable teachers from the deadly virus,” he said.
Two schools in Mombasa, The star of the sea secondary school and Tononoka seconday school, were closed after cases of Covid-19 were reported.
The Tononoka Secondary School principal Mohammed Khamis had succumbed to Covid 19 just some days after mass testing for Covid-19 in his school.
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 since last week. He succumbed on Monday afternoon.
The teacher had been admitted at the Mombasa Hospital for the past 11 days at the ICU.
He was buried at 3 pm under Islamic rites.
Several schools have reported cases of Covid-19 nationally. Friends school Kamusinga is the latest school to have recorded cases of the coronavirus.
11 students have tested positive for Covid-19 at Friends School Kamusinga in Bungoma County.
6 more cases were also recorded at Kimilili Boys High School in the same county bringing the total number of cases to 17 in both schools.
The students were put under isolation to curb the spread of the virus as health officials initiated contact tracing too within the schools.
“Parents have been calling while others have been here to check on their children.
“We are doing our best to ensure students don’t flout ministry of health directives on social distancing, sanitising, wearing masks and washing hands regularly,” a teacher at the school stated while speaking with the local daily.
The teacher added that the school may be closed for two weeks to allow the health officials to fumigate the institution.
Webuye County Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Simon Kisaka concurred with the teacher and called for the immediate closure of the two schools.
The county is facing a shortage of medics after some of the staff was reportedly put under quarantine after testing positive. 28 patients were also admitted at the facility.
The Ministry of Health had begun targeted testing for Covid-19 at Maranda High School in Siaya on Tuesday after one student reportedly tested positive.
It is a commendable motion that if successful is at least a positive move towards regarding teachers welfare.
Those with preexisting conditions are indeed vulnerable. Those trachers just about to retire are mostly in an age bracket of vulnerable persons to contracting Corona virus. Instead of burring the latter group of teachers from going to school, they should be given protective gear if they are well and have no pre-existing conditions.