Cs of Health issues New Health Requirements for all schools which heads of Institutions must meet
Health Cabinet Secretary (CS), Mutahi Kagwe today urged schools to ensure that there is a high standard of hygiene including hand washing points in schools, especially during this period of COVID-19 pandemic.
He stressed on the need to lay more emphasis on preventive measures rather than remedial measures on matters of health as it would go a long way in reducing hospital visits.
Speaking after meeting Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) officials, who gave him a courtesy call at his Afya House office, the CS said it was very important that teachers come out and get vaccinated in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise. Get it done
The CS appealed, “I am appealing to the union officials to assist the ministry in encouraging more teachers to get vaccinated against the disease and school feeding to reduce absenteeism among school children. Help with the program as well.”
Kagway said that with more teachers turning to vaccination, it could also dispel misinformation and propaganda about the jab that is being made by those who oppose vaccination.
During the meeting the officials of CS and KNUT deliberated on the school health program including nutrition and sanitation included in the Kenya School Health Policy established in 2018.
On the other hand the office bearers of the union thanked the CS for giving priority to the teachers for vaccination against COVID-19 disease.
He also pledged to use his nationwide network which includes 110 branches in schools as well as their representatives to assist the ministry in its vaccination campaign.
The KNUT officials were led by the National President, Mr. Patrick Karinga. Others included the Secretary-General, Mr. Collins Oyu, the National Treasurer, James Ndiku, the Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Hesban Otino, and the other National Women’s Representative, Ms. Mercy Ndungu.
Meanwhile, the government has today received equipment worth ks. 32.1 million from WHO with support from the European Union
The donation included Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 250,000, Surgical Mask – K95 13,900, Face Google – 5,000 and Isolation Gown – 4,200.
Other oxygen concentrators are – 10 units, laboratory reagent kits – 1,500 units and swabs – 39,500.
Speaking while receiving the donation at Afya House, Susan Mochache, Principal Secretary for Health (PS), said the support is quite timely and will go a long way in bolstering the country’s response efforts.
Equipment and PPE, PS added, will be given to Kenyan health workers across the country to ensure they are properly prepared and protected while providing services to people.
“WHO has donated equipment and PPE in four phases since December 2020, with a cumulative value of Sh110, 167,335.164,” the PS said.
He thanked WHO for its continued support, both technical and material, in the ongoing COVID-19 management and mitigation efforts.
“The socio-economic impact of the pandemic calls for continued cooperation between governments and partners and there is no doubt that the WHO has provided guidance to countries around the world,” she said.
Mochache said that it is everyone’s responsibility in the fight against the pandemic and thus urged the public to continue adhering to the COVID-19 measures and ensure compliance.