In Summary
  • Ministry of Education officials ordered Holy Family Primary School in Kibugu, Embu North, closed indefinitely so the pupils could be immunised at their homes.
  • Health officers who arrived at the school ready for the exercise were barred from accessing the pupils, with some teachers claiming that they had instructions from the Nguviu Parish not to allow the vaccination to take place in the school.

A Catholic Church-sponsored school in Embu has been closed down after its administrators barred health officials from administering the measles-rubella jab to pupils.

Ministry of Education officials ordered Holy Family Primary School in Kibugu, Embu North, closed indefinitely so the pupils could be immunised at their homes.

Embu North Director of Education Thomas Omwenga said the school confirmed the incident.

Health officers who arrived at the school ready for the exercise were barred from accessing the pupils, with some teachers claiming that they had instructions from the Nguviu Parish not to allow the vaccination to take place in the school.

Efforts by county Director of Health Joseph Kaniaru to get the school managers to allow the 150 pupils to be vaccinated failed.

Dr Kaniaru said the health officers also asked managers to allow the pupils to be vaccinated outside the school compound but they declined.

Mr Omwenga then sought reinforcement from the Embu North security team, including the OCPD and the deputy county commissioner but the school management remained adamant.

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