Barely a day after schools reopened, the country’s preparedness to combat COVID-19 in schools, took the limelight once again.

In a video that has trended across social media platforms in the country, students were seen being sprayed with chemicals as a precautionary measure to battle the disease. The video that was posted on October 12 on Twitter caused a major uproar by citizens.

In response to the video that has taken social media by storm, the Ministry of Health warned against this practice. Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Rashid Aman warned that fumigation of human beings had not been approved by health experts and thus remained banned. He added that the Ministry will be seeking action against the yet-to-be-identified school and its management.

Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman addressing the nation during the COVID-19 daily briefs

The World Health Organization in its advisories said that the spraying of individuals was not recommended, “This could be physically and psychologically harmful and would not reduce an infected person’s ability to spread the virus through droplets or contact. “

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The Ministry of Education ordered schools to reopen for Grade 4, Class 8, and Form 4 pupils in a phased reopening schedule. The directive that has changed the school routine, will see the 2020 school calendar come to a close in March 2021 after the KCSE exams have been sat.