Monyamane launches new polio vaccine
who allegedly impregnated the girl last November.
“We heard that after this unfortunate incident of the then 17-yearold girl student being impregnated by her teacher, the girl’s family held a meeting with him and reached an amicable agreement that involved monetary compensation.
“this was done to save the teacher and the student from embarrassment.
“this was also done to save the teacher’s marriage and job because he could have been fired and banned from teaching if the issue had been made known to the school management,” one staff member said.
However, the school management eventually heard about the issue and this, according to the staff members, angered the teacher who accused the girl of “spreading” the information, thereby compromising his job and marriage. He was said THE Ministry of Health teamed up with World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to launch the Inactivated Poliomyelitis Vaccine (IPV) and children’s health booklet at Maluba-lube in Mokhotlong on Monday.
Addressing the launch, Health Minister Dr Molotsi Monyamane said the IPV would supplement the oral polio vaccine (OPV) to prevent polio and help improve children’s health. He added the health booklet listed all vaccinations children are supposed to receive including IPV and others that are not available in the country.
He added that the new health booklet was different from the normal children booklets in that boys would have a different one from girls. to have threatened the girl over the phone.
“the same week the girl died, the information about their alleged relationship which led to the pregnancy was trending on Facebook.
“the school board had already started investigating the issue and the teacher was alerted about it,” said another staff member.
“the girl had even reported to her parents that the teacher threatened her, accusing her of spreading information about their relationship and pregnancy,” another teacher added.
Repeated efforts to get in touch with the girl’s parents for comment were fruitless yesterday while the accused teacher’s cellphone was continually on voicemail.
Meanwhile, police spokesperson Clifford Molefe yesterday confirmed the teacher’s arrest but said he had been released on Monday pending further investigations.
“IPV is a supplement to the OPV drops that prevent polio in children. the IPV also prevents polio in children and it will help their health. Children will be injected on the thigh when they reach 14 weeks,” Dr Monyamane said.
“Lesotho is one of the developing countries abiding by WHO guidelines stipulating that all nations must eradicate polio by 2018. For this reason we are working hard to fight disability and child mortality caused by this dangerous disease which can be prevented by immunisation. No child should be affected by this dangerous disease which can easily be prevented
“Maputsoe police arrested a 31-year-old man following the death of an 18-year-old girl who was reportedly pregnant. We are told the man is a teacher.
“He was released yesterday pending more investigations. He will only appear in court when the investigations have been finalised,” Superintendent Molefe said on tuesday.
St Boniface High School Principal Alina Mohapi also confirmed the arrest and said details could only be provided by the Leribe Senior Education Officer, Sekhotseng AdamMolapo.
“I can only confirm that one of our teachers was arrested on Friday. If you need details, I can refer you to the Leribe Senior Education Officer because I am under her supervision,” Ms Mohapi said.
For her part, Ms Adam-molapo on Tuesday confirmed receiving “a by vaccines which are available for free at health centres around the country.”
He said that all children aged five and below had a right to be immunised and urged parents not to wait until it was too late to prevent the disease.
For her part, WHO Officer-in-charge Dr Susan tembo said although the polio disease generally affected children under the age of five, it could also affect adults.
She also said it was at the 41st World Health Assembly held in 1988 where the call to eradicate polio by 2000 was first made.
“At the time the polio disease was endemic report about one male teacher from St Boniface High School who was arrested by the police for allegedly killing a former schoolgirl. the information we have is that the teacher is suspected to have been in love with the girl and later impregnated her.”
“As a ministry, we cannot focus on the issue of the alleged murder because that is a criminal case to be handled by the police.
“Ours, together with the school management, is to investigate the issue of a love affair and pregnancy of a schoolgirl involving her teacher.
“this is in complete violation of the law governing the conduct of teachers. the board will meet and if it is convinced that the teacher fell in love with the girl, there will be no choice but to fire him.”
Contacted late yesterday for any developments to the story, Ms Adam-molapo said she had not yet been informed about the decision taken by the school board after it met in the morning to discuss the case.
Ms Mohapi was not available on her mobile phone and sources said she left the school premises immediately after the board meeting.
However, a reliable source at the school confirmed the suspension. in 125 countries with over 350 000 cases being reported annually,” Dr tembo said.
Dr tembo said she had been informed that the last case in Lesotho was detected in 1984 and praised the country for maintaining its vigilance through immunisation programmes to ensure no new cases were recorded.
“WHO applauds the Minister of Health and his team for participating in the endorsement of World Health Assembly resolution on eradicating polio. the introduction of IPV is a great achievement for Lesotho as the country is among the few in the Eastern and Southern African region to introduce the vaccine in 2016.”