After various demands and in the midst of a dispute between Mine And this MinsaThe A group of ministers plans to discuss lifting the mandatory use of face masks today In schools across the country.
“Of course we will talk about the issue and as a result we will know the extent of the agreement we have reached,” the education minister assured. Rosendo Cerna, He proposed to remove face mask in educational institutions Compliance is conditional on a large number of children completing the vaccination schedule COVID-19.
“It is necessary to discuss and evaluate with the Ministry of Health (MINSA) whether the removal of masks is appropriate or not. The level of vaccination among school children is still low, but to the extent that the percentage rises, its use can be considered. That will be the challenge,” he said.
For his part, his colleague Health, George LopezHe argued that removing masks in schools is still not possible today. Because the vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years did not reach the expected level. “First we need to improve immunization progress in the school population and discuss this issue,” he said days ago. Some ministers support; When others don’t.
Due to this discrepancy, Yesterday, the ombudsman’s office asked Minsa and Minedu to make a decision based on available scientific evidence. In the interest of students and teachers. “This decision must be accompanied by measures to strengthen vaccination COVID-19“, he clarified.
To evaluate the evidence
Former Health Minister, Victor Zamorapointed out that Use of mask In children under five years of age This should not be mandatory considering the evidence of infection for more than two years. “If the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend its use in schools; If not used in daily practice as it should be; Yes KN95 They are expensive and not effective for the majority of people (surgery or fabric used); Isn’t it about time Mine And this Minsa Now change the routine,” he asked.
Meanwhile, its owner Mine He regretted that Despite the efforts of vaccination forces, parents do not give due recognition They want to vaccinate their children because they think they won’t get worse from the disease.
Serna proposed to modify and Adaptation of biosecurity protocols to regional levels of infection and vaccination. Schools in rural areas should not make mask use mandatory because the number of infected people is low and respects distance. However, in urban areas, an analysis should be done to make a better decision.
For the researcher Percy Maida-Tristanof Southern Science UniversityThe time has come for that The removal of masks in schools is evaluated because it affects the development of the skills of schoolchildren, such as language, social interaction and learning processes. Parents of some private schools in Lima have made the same request.
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