The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) have instituted some measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 on the campus of the Accra Girls Senior High School in the Greater Accra region as cases hit fifty five (55) Monday July 13.
Accra Girls SHS on July 6 recorded some six (6) Covid-19 cases which later surged to eight (8) by July 7 with a teacher and his spouse testing positive.
The cases under one week increased to fifty five by July 13 causing parents to doubt the safety of their wards. The GES ahead of the reopening of schools for Form 3 SHS and Form students on Gold track on June 22, cautioned parents not to pay visits to the campuses as part of measures to protect the students.
In a joint press release signed and issued by the Director General of the GES Professor Opoku-Amankwa and the Director General of the GHS Dr Patrick Kumah-Aboagye, both institutions have revealed all confirmed cases have been transferred to designated national treatment and isolation centres for management.
The release also mentioned that Identification and segregation of contact from other students and sample collection and laboratory testing of all contacts identified have commenced.
Find Below the Full Press Release.
JOINT STATEMENT FROM GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE AND GHANA HEALTH
UPDATE ON CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOME SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS IN
Following the first report of COVID-19 cases in some Senior High Schools in the
country on 6th July, 2020, the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education
Service instituted a number of measures to determine the extent of the outbreak
and containment measures.
Accra Girls Senior High School has recorded most
cases from the first report to date. As at 13th July, 2020, a total of 314 persons
(student and staff) from the School have been tested. Out of these, 55 have
been confirmed positive for COVID-19 while 259 persons tested negative.
Actions taken so far:
• Identification and segregation of contact from other students.
• Sample collection and laboratory testing of all contacts identified and
• All confirmed cases have been transferred to designated national
treatment and isolation centres for management.
• Restriction of number of students that attend dining at a particular time.
• Enforcement of social distancing protocols, enhanced hand hygiene practices and the proper use of the facemask.
• Disinfection of the entire school has been carried out.
• Adequate PPEs have been provided to health staff stationed in the school.
• Education on COVID-19 prevention and control has been intensified within
• Counselling and psychological support is being provided to the students.
• The school has designated a quarantine and isolation centre.
• Parents and guardians of affected student have been duly contacted.
• Staff of the school have been reassured
Similarly, a few other schools have reported sporadic cases which have not
experience a surge. To prevent spread of COVID-19 in senior high schools across
the country, similar measures are being implemented.
Ghana Education Service working with Ghana Health Service wishes to inform
parents, guardians and the general public that efforts are being made to ensure
the safety of our staff and students.
PROF. KWASI OPOKU-AMANKWA.
DIRECTOR GENERAL, GES.
DR. PATRICK KUMA-ABOAGYE .
DIRECTOR GENERAL, GHS.