Manchester - Schools prepared
While students and teachers in some sections of the island have been reported absent as a result of what they believe to be the chikungunya virus, schools in Manchester are happy they are not having that experience and are putting in the necessary precautions in case of an outbreak.
Michael Stewart, principal of Porus High, said there has been no reported case of the virus at the institution and, in trying to maintain that, the school will continue to put in the necessary control mechanisms.
"It was just last week that we had our parent-teacher meeting and more than 300 parents turned up for a special presentation from the health department ... . Our drains are cleaned and sanitised and all our teachers and students are sensitised," he said.
For Bellfield Primary, the timely collection of garbage and the work of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, according to Principal Paul Grant, are likely reasons the school has been able to maintain its virus-free status.
With just a few cases of flu-like symptoms seen at May Day High, Nadine Mitchell, nurse at the institution, said they have not been confirmed as chikungunya cases, so they are hoping for the best.
- Tamara Bailey