Fear has engulfed Friends School Kamusinga boys in Kimilili constituency, Bungoma County after one student tested positive of Coronavirus.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) student was found covid-19 positive on Thursday after he was admitted at Kimilili sub county hospital.
Confirming the incident, Bungoma County health and sanitation executive Dr.Antony Walela said that the results turned out positive after the blood samples were taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) laboratories for testing.
“The school management reported to us that the student had depicted symptoms similar to those of a covid-19 patient including high fever, headache, trembling, coldness and many more,” said Walela.
He added that the student was taken to Kimilili sub county hospital where samples were picked and the results turned positive of corona,”.
The patient is currently admitted Webuye county hospital isolation centre where he is undergoing medication.
Dr.Walela stated that the school has over 400 students mainly form four ones preparing to sit their examination in March next year.
“We have arranged to have all students, teachers and the subordinate staff to be tested and those found with corona will be isolated at Webuye Isolation Centre,” he said.
The testing will be carried out by the county government public health officers to stop spreading it.
Dr.Walela also affirmed that fumigation of all the buildings in the learning institution will be carried out to rid them of any virus.
This comes at a time when Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) is calling on the government to be keen with reopening of schools to stop infecting teachers and students with Covid-19.
Bungoma County Knut executive secretary Ken Nganga says there is no need of reopening schools when the number of people getting infected is rising daily.
“We are not advocating for reopening of schools when the global pandemic is spiking everyday, the government needs to control the disease first before we allow our teachers and students back to class, we don’t want them to get infected,” warned the unionist.
Last week Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati announced that he had been given a clean bill of health to move around after he was allegedly contracted Covid-19 alongside other two members of his executive.
The country government ministry of health also announced that 118 inmates at Bungoma GK prison had contracted the disease out of over 900 prisoners.
“They have been isolated in a different room and are undergoing medication, we hope they will get healed soon, this is in a bid to stop them from spreading it to other inmates,” said Dr.Walela.