By Sifiso Tshaka
Government has intensified enforcement of infection control measures in all schools to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in light of the recent outbreak of the pandemic at learning institutions.
This comes after more than 300 cases of Covid-19 were reported at Sacred Heart schools in Umzingwane and Embakwe High in Mangwe district.
Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister, Honourable Edgar Moyo once again assured the nation that the situation is under control.
“We need to grow, learn and take corrective measures as we go. We need to identify sources and why those particular areas,” said the Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Cde Edgar Moyo.
“Let me also add that all schools are governed by the education act and they must follow directives given by government.”
Infection control strategies will also be tightened at all schools to ensure a safe learning and teaching environment.
“We realised from our analysis that there are some schools that are not following the laid down procedures of conducting temperature checks and providing adequate hand washing facilities.
“It’s important going forward that everyone is tested, followed by interval testing at schools,” explained Matabeleland South acting provincial medical director, Dr Andrew Muza.
Another issue that came under the spotlight is the need to scale up the vaccination programme in Matabeleland South province.
“It has been two months since the programme was rolled out. Matabeleland South has the lowest number of people who have been vaccinated. This is a cause for concern after highlighting that we have two ports of entry. We have to analyse why that is the case and what needs to be done,” said a member of the provincial Covid-19 taskforce, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu.
Matabeleland South provincial minister, Cde Abednico Ncube said, “We need to be going out into our communities and educate people on the importance of being inoculated.”
Meanwhile government has availed an additional 76 million Zimbabwe dollars to refurbish Covid-19 isolation centres in Gwanda, Beitbridge and Plumtree.