The Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tandoh following reports of COVID-19 cases in some schools has said the Service is working with the Ghana Health Service to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in all schools across the country.
In the view of the Director-General, the developing “fear and panic” in some schools are not healthy for final year students, who are preparing to sit for their forthcoming examinations.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) concerns follow the unfortunate reports indicating that some senior high schools recorded coronavirus cases a few days after school reopening on Monday, June 22.
Odorgonno Senior High School, one the schools cited, denied any case of the virus with the headmaster, Samuel Mensah, confirming that though four students who travelled from afar recorded high temperatures, they recovered the following day for academic work.
The news went viral that some four students of the Odorgonno Senior High School have tested positive for the virus but the Headmaster, Samuel Mensah, earlier denied the report and explained that though four students who traveled from afar recorded high temperatures, they recovered the following day for academic work.
According to the Headmaster the alledged coronavirus students were isolated, treated and discharged by nurses from the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
He, however, attributed the high temperatures to fatigue as the majority of the student had come from afar and some even outside the region.
Mr. Samuel Mensah disclosed that over 1, 000 students were screened on the reopening day of school, Monday, June 22, 2020.
The Deputy Director-General speaking on TV3’s COVID-19 360 on Friday monitored by Georgeweb.org said the Education Service is working hand in hand with the Ghana Health Service to avoid coronavirus outbreak in any of the school in Ghana.
He noted that the high temperature of a student cannot be a basis to suspect one of the virus adding that each case is to be investigated by the nurses assigned to each school.
He assured that once any confirmed case is reported in any school, it would be made public at the appropriate time as the country have a national protocol.
He consequently entreated the general public to stand solidly behind the prospective students and desist from causing fear and panic with the spread of COVID-19 reports.