Updated: September 14, 2021 4:27:21 am
One more student of Ashram School at Saputara in Dang district tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday after two students got the infection last week and were isolated in the hostel.
Dang district health officer Dr Sanjay Shah said, “One more student of Ashram School has tested positive. The hostel has been made a containment zone and police personnel have also been deployed.”
On September 10, a Class 6 student and a Class 7 student of the school run by Sandipani Trust tested positive, after which the health department sanitised the premises and did RT-PCR test on 175 students, teachers and other staff. In reports that came Monday, a boy from Class 9 tested positive. He has been isolated in the hostel.
After the cases last week, parents were not allowed to meet the students in the hostel. Teachers have also been told not to leave the premises for a few more days.
Dang collector Bhavin Pandya, accompanied by District Education Officer Manilal Bhusara, and District Epidemic Officer Dhansukh Gamit, had visited the school and isolated the two students, who had tested positive earlier, and have instructed them to test all the students and teachers.
“The students were isolated in separate rooms in the hostel premises. We will again carry out an RT-PCR test of them after 5 days. We have also given medicines and our team of doctors will visit the school regularly, to check their recovery,” Gamit had told The Indian Express.
The school had reopened on September 2, after the government lifted restrictions that had been imposed for the past one–and–a–half years in view of the pandemic.
Gamit had further added, “We have today carried out 175 RTPCR tests on students, teachers and other employees of the hostel and their reports will come on Saturday. We have also advised the teachers (a total of 10 teachers) who come from Vansda and Billimora not to leave the hostel premises and stay in the hostel for few more days.”
Bhusara had said, “The regular educational activities of the school will continue. We have instructed the hotel authorities to see that those non-infected students do not come in contact with the infected students.”
He had added, “The school was earlier run by the government but since last few years it was adopted by Sandipani trust. The school runs classes from 6 to 12 in Gujarati medium, where around 300 students coming from different villages in Dang and Navsari districts stay and study. From tomorrow onwards, the health department team will carry out random tests for students and teachers of Ashram schools and regular schools in Dang district.”
“There are 378 primary schools and 66 secondary and higher secondary schools in Dangs district, run by the government. We have made an appeal to the teachers to get vaccinated and then come on duty. All the teachers and non-teaching staffers of the schools complied on it and all of them are fully vaccinated and we have collected vaccination data from them,” the district education officer had earlier said.
Dang district has reported 693 Covid-19 cases till date, out of which only two are active cases. The district last reported one Covid-19 case on July 25.
According to district health department officials, over 1 lakh people have taken the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while 25,194 people had taken the second dose.
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