So far it turns out both the students and teachers are complying. The compulsory screening campaign ends on 14 September. At SOCARTIE district where one of the screening centers is stationed, over 400 students have been successfully tested.
Parents who accompanied their children are showing great support for the campaign targeted to reduce the spread of the disease.
“As parents, we welcomed this measure to examine our children. To those who have not yet understood, we ask them to turn up in large numbers tomorrow,” a parent encouraged.
The students are also very much aware of the challenges caused by the deadly disease. One of the screened students expressed how it could disrupt plans for the forthcoming national student competition.
The minister of public health and Aids control in Burundi, Dr. Thaddee Ndikumana said:
“The students have responded massively. We are going to work to enable these students to access testing easily and we have called on those in charge of the sites to give preference to the students.”
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.