Tanzania’s health ministry issues guideline before opening of schools on June 1

Tanzania Health Ministry has on May 29 issued four guidelines to universities, schools and colleges, ensure the safe environment before students resume studies on June 1 in an effort to control the spread of Covid-19.

Universities whose premises were used as quarantine centres should be cleaned at least 72 hours before students return.

In a statement issued by the ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, emphasizes the use of soap and running water as a way on maintaining hygiene.

The statement further instructs that schools and colleges should have medicine and equipment for emergencies as well as enough space between beds and control student supplies such as towels and toiletries.

Tanzania health ministry guidelines

Tanzania Health Ministry issues guidelines

“School leadership, academies and educational institutions should encourage students, teachers and their staff to wear cloth masks when they return,” reads part of the statement

Students with Covid-19 symptoms should be tested before returning to school, those diagnosed with the virus should stay at home until their health status improves.

For students who are suspected of having symptoms of Coronavirus disease at school or college, the school leadership should report to the nearest health care center for further diagnosis and treatment.

“This guide will be updated periodically to meet the relevant time requirements,” reads the statement.

World Health Organization (WHO) has chided Tanzania for its ongoing lack of cooperation and transparency in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli is a happy man “because, through God’s grace, the number of COVID-19 infections in the country has gone down tremendously.”

Speaking recently at his Chato hometown, President Magufuli said the number of COVID-19 infections in the country has dropped to low levels so much.

He went further to announce that a number of airlines in the country had made full bookings until August for tourists waiting to travel to Tanzania, adding that he had instructed his Ministers to allow the flights into the country.

Magufuli said the visitors will not be placed under mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Tanzania but will only undergo temperature tests then be cleared to tour the country.


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