A tuberculosis (TB) scare at the ASJA Girls’ College, Charlieville, has forced its closure as a precautionary measure for teachers and pupils.
Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria called Myco-bacterium tuberculosis.
The bacteria usually attacks the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body.
TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks.
A cleaner at the school recently passed away as a result of contracting Tuberculosis.
The school is due to reopen on Thursday.
President of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association, Lyndsley Doodai told News Power Now that the Association was aware of the situation.
News Power Now was also informed by a concerned parent on Tuesday, that there were concerns that not enough was being done to ensure the students safety, as they felt that no testing of persons who came into contact with the cleaner was being done.
It is a sentiment echoed by the TTUTA President.
However Minister of Education Anthony Garcia said all was being done to ensure the safety of all at the school.
He assured that that there was no need to do testing of persons at the school since the Education Ministry was advised that there was no contact with the deceased.