Nairobi, 25 March, 2021 / 6:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A team of health professionals in Kenya that includes medical doctors, professional counsellors, nurses and other health practitioners are attending to school going children in their respective learning institutions to limit the learners’ exposure to COVID-19 infections.
Speaking about the initiative dubbed Heri Healthcare, Dr. Njoki Fernandes told ACI Africa that the initiative was started last October when children resumed learning in schools where they were expected to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
“Heri Healthcare is a COVID-19 company,” Dr. Fernandes said in the Thursday, March 25 interview, adding, “We came together at the height of the pandemic to support schools that had the huge burden of taking care of hundreds of children who were exposed to infections."
Children who had various illnesses, not necessarily COVI-19, at a school in Thika, outside Kenya’s capital Nairobi, were told to seek medical services outside the school at a health facility that is usually very crowded, thereby increasing their exposure to infections, she recalls and explains.