Botswana: School Rectifies Compliance Shortcomings

Ramotswa — Ramotswa's Kagiso Senior Secondary School is working on a plan to address compliance issues after being found to be in contravention of COVID-19 health protocols.

This was said by Dr Baboloki Ramotlhwa of the Ramotswa-Otse Cluster under the Gaborone District Health Management Team (DHMT) during a sub-council meeting on November 25.

He said an assessment undertaken at the school following the suspension of Form Four classes to minimize COVID 19 transmission established that adherence to health protocols was compromised.

Dormitories were congested with a total of 121 learners sharing ablution blocks while in some instances 20 of them shared a shower and a toilet, said Dr Ramotlhwa.

He said social distancing was not observed particularly at the dining hall, dormitories and social functions.

Another problem identified at the school was non-adherence to respiratory hygiene as well as general hygiene, he said.

Dr Ramotlhwa said there was no evidence of regular cleaning and routine disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.

Further, the school had a problem with non-functional ablution blocks and hand washing stations, he said.

However, Dr Ramotlhwa said disinfection had been done.

The school is expected to submit a compliance report to DHMT before Form Fours resume classes.

In the Ramotswa-Otse cluster, only Kagiso Senior Secondary School and Seboko Primary School had been forced to either close temporarily or suspend teaching of some classes to contain the pandemic.

He said a total of 442 positive cases had been recorded in the cluster against 411 recoveries and two deaths.

It has 119 people on institutional quarantine, 508 on home quarantine, 13 having transferred out and 29 active cases.

Ramotswa recorded the highest number with 329 cases, followed by Otse with 32, Taung 22, Botswana Police College 11 and Mogobane with three cases.

Source: BOPA

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