Chikungunya-like symptoms force nearly 4,000 students to miss school to date
The Ministry of Education says near 4,000 students and just under 600 teachers have missed school due to chikungunya-like symptoms.
According to the Ministry, up to yesterday, suspected cases of the chikungunya virus had resulted in up to 30 per cent absenteeism of staff and students in schools across the six regions.
A survey by the Ministry revealed that 3,911 students and 591 teachers were absent from schools.
The most affected parishes, with 2,487 suspected cases, were Kingston and St Andrew, which comprise region one.
This is followed by 945 suspected cases in region two, which includes St Thomas, Portland and St Mary.
The least affected parishes, with 23 suspected cases, were Manchester and St Elizabeth which are located in region five.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has commended the management and staff of the affected schools for their efforts in keeping the institutions open as well as for providing as much health care as possible to students.
Minister Thwaites has appealed to parents to be on the alert for symptoms of chic-V and other illnesses and to get medical attention for their children immediately.
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