Parents, students and teachers at the Verchilds High School are still awaiting the results of tests done performed on several students at the institution, after receiving reports that some students appeared to have been experiencing similar symptoms (spots) on their palms and arms.
Well placed sources revealed that students who all frequented a particular laboratory at the learning institution, late last week, showed similar “skin outbreak.”
The lab has since been cordoned off and the Bureau of Standards was called in to perform certain tests, in an attempt to determine the root of the affliction.
“After speaking with the school we would have communicated with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Hazel Laws in relation to the information we received and she was able to provide two health officials in the persons of Director of Community Health Services, Dr. Keisha Liddie; and Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Jermaine Lake. Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Education Hon. Shawn Richards was also on the ground trying to find out what had transpired,” acting Chief Education Officer Darryll Lloyd, said in a prepared statement on February 5.
“The way forward is that the Ministry of Education would provide the necessary support for all those who were affected. The Department of Health is working with us to provide the necessary testing,” assured the CEO. He continued, “Some parents informed the school that prior to the continuing health assessments they would have taken their children to the doctor. In these instances, the medical costs incurred by the parents will be met by the Ministry,” the release added.
Reliable sources have revealed that there has been a reduction in the visible signs of the “unknown affliction” on persons affected, in the past two days.
However, the anxious moments of waiting continue.
A number of schools have been battling with various infestations that have. This has led to increased levels of concern among parents.