Chicken Pox outbreak results in temporary closure of School

An outbreak of the Chicken Pox at the St George’s Anglican Junior School, locally known as Hindsey has led to the closure of the school for one week.

St George’s Anglican Snr and Jnr Schools - affected by Chicken Pox outbreak

St George’s Anglican Snr and Jnr Schools – affected by Chicken Pox outbreak

The outbreak came to light on Monday, when the Ministry of Health confirmed 17 students being affected by the virus.

As a measure, the closure of the school was ordered as means of preventing further persons being affected.

A release from the Ministry of Health on Monday, explained that all is being done to contain the situation.

“The Public is hereby advised of an outbreak of Chicken Pox at the St. George’s Anglican Junior School (Hindsey Junior School). The Ministry of Health has confirmed seventeen (17) cases of Chicken Pox among the students as of Monday, February 22nd, 2016.

“…In this regard, the Chief Medical Officer has advised that the school be closed for the period Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th February, 2016, so as to facilitate monitoring of all students, and treatment of those affected.

“…The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development further advises that any and all siblings of all students who attend the St. George’s Anglican Junior School should also remain at home, regardless to what school those siblings attend, as a precautionary measure.

“…The Ministry of Education appeals to Parents and Guardians to observe this advisory and to report any new cases, inclusive of adults in the home, to their nearest Healthcare provider, as efforts are being made to contain the spread of the disease.

“…The Ministry of Education, in coordination with the Ministry of Health, will endeavour to provide more information as it is made available, including public service announcements of the signs and symptoms of the Chicken Pox.

“The public is therefore advised to take the necessary precautionary measures to avoid further outbreaks, as we endeavour to safeguard our nation’s most valuable resource: our people.

“The Ministry wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thanks the public for their usual cooperation.”

During the hosting of Tuesday’s post-Cabinet Briefing, Minister of Education, Anthony Boatswain and Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Simon Stiell said it is the hope of all, that the outbreak will be contained.

“We are not medical experts but the nature of Chicken Pox is that it spreads very quickly and over a short period of time. So I think that level of outbreak is not unusual but together with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, the measures that have been taken to isolate this virus, we believe it is appropriate to minimise any further outbreak of the Chicken Pox,” said Sen. Stiell.

He also made a plea for  vigilance by parents and the public-at-large to identify new cases.

“The general public-at-large have some responsibilities in monitoring their children and to report to the Ministry of Health. If parents and family members are seeing cases outside of this identified area then it is important for them to report so that we can track and monitor independently,” he said.

He added it is a matter that is being taken seriously and information coming into the Ministry will be reviewed to ensure all aspects are being covered.

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