CARPHA Recommendations to Be Implemented By MOH/MOE

(ZIZ)– A number of recommendations for addressing issues identified have been made in the CARPHA report.

Among the issues listed in the report, which was made available to the public on Tuesday, are the need for repairs to the flat roofs of the buildings and that modifications be made to the roofs for adequate water runoff; that leaks and other sources of moisture be identified and repaired and that a system be implemented to ensure regular maintenance occurs at the school.

Other areas CARPHA touched on involved increased waste disposal at the school, soil testing, indoor air quality monitoring and the review of the septic system using a specific method. In order to address the mould proliferation in the only building the problem was identified in, the researchers outlined the method by which this too should be addressed.

Upon reopening of the school in September, CARPHA has also suggested that a nurse be assigned to the school to monitor the health situation at BHS for a minimum of one year.

In a joint press release issued by the Ministries of Health and Education late Tuesday, it was indicated that both ministries, and the government, were fully committed to implementing all of the CARPHA recommendations. It was further stated that government was committed to continuous dialogue with stakeholders and the public.

It continued that the health, safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff remain a priority. Minister of Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd, was quoted as saying, that both her ministry and The Ministry of Education looked forward to CARPHA’s review findings which will be completed in August.

Click to view and download the full report below:

Caribbean Public Health Agency Rapid Assessment at Basseterre High School St Kitts & Nevis

CARPHA Summary Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations

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Appendix 2

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