Health ministry investigating flu virus in schools. The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, has asked the public for patience with the COVID-19 task force as it investigates the mysterious human flu virus in institutions of learning.
Aceng was responding to a matter of national importance raised by the Bugiri Woman MP, Hon. Agnes Taaka said that the ministry was denying parents access to help groom their children.
“I would like to appreciate that children have been in school since January 2022 and the COVID -19 positivity rate has dropped to 0.4 percent. Many members are aware there is a lot of flu in the schools and we have taken initiative to test children so that we know exactly what we are dealing with,” Aceng said.
The minister noted that whereas the decision has been made in good faith, she was positive that the school staff would not infect the children.
“The teachers responded positively to vaccination and 85 percent of both the teaching and non-teaching staff have been vaccinated and the majority even have a booster shot,” she said.
Hon. Patrick Nsamba Member of Parliament for Kassanda County North noted that as much as the Ministry of Health was restricting the parents from schools, there were staff members who do not reside in the school.
“These children interact with teaching and non-teaching staff that do not reside in the schools. The day scholars interact with their parents why not the boarding students? I think it is unfair for these children and their parents who have been denied the right and freedom to interact,” he said.