New Delhi: The World Health Organization has advised schools to conduct a covid-19 infection test on their own. WHO has said that schools should still get tested, whereas no new case has come to the fore here.
Although earlier instructions were given to conduct screening in schools only when a case of coronavirus has been reported, now the WHO has said that PCR or rapid antigen tests are done even in the absence of symptoms in students and staff. Tests should be conducted so that there should not be any hindrance in studies.
At the same time, in a statement issued in this regard, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said that the summer months are a better opportunity for governments, which can be tested to reduce the infection rate. He further said that the closure of schools, as we have seen, has such a detrimental effect on the education, social and mental well-being of our children and youth.
Along with this, he said that we cannot let the pandemic ruin the education and development of children. In such a situation, it is necessary that by making every effort, education can be prevented from being affected due to the pandemic.
“The summer months offer a valuable window of opportunity for governments to put in place the right set of measures that will help keep infection rates down and avoid resorting to school closures,” Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, said in a statement issued together with UNICEF and UNESCO.
He added that closing schools “as we have seen, have such a harmful effect on the education, social and mental well-being of our children and youth.” We cannot allow the pandemic to rob children of their education and development,” said Kluge, who has repeatedly called for countries in the WHO’s European Region to address dropout rates and health effects linked to distance learning.