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Ebola: Education Ministry Suspends Visitation Days in Schools

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In efforts to fight the deadly Ebola virus, the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) has suspended all visitation days in schools.

Ebola Virus Disease, which struck the country in September has since infected over 100 people killing 35 according to the recent ministry of health statistics.

MoES in a circular to all heads of schools said that Ebola is a very serious disease that poses grave danger to “us all if its spread is not effectively controlled. Institutions of learning are of particular concern because of the concentration of persons,”  Ismael Mulindwa wrote the Letter for the Permanent Secretary.

“As per our earlier circular, the management of all learning institutions are required to take extra care to ensure effective Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) by strictly observing and implementing the Standard Operating Procedures provided by the Ministry of Health,” 

This comes at a period when some positive cases have now been confirmed among learners from families of known contacts, it is necessary to strengthen the existing infection prevention measures at school level,

In this regard, Mulindwa said that the MoES has, with immediate effect, suspended all school visitation days and leavers parties until the end of the current school term. 

“Learners in boarding institutions should also be discouraged from making non-essential trips out of the school. Once again, I would like to call upon all of you to observe heightened vigilance and effective implementation of the SOPs in order to control the spread of the Ebola disease and save lives,” he said 

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