The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has advised all final year students currently in school to avoid the sharing of some personal items such as pens, pencils, towels, sponge, plates, spoon, and mattresses with their friends, in order to help curb the spread of the COVID-19.
The Bawku Municipal NCCE Director, Mr. Daniel Baya Laar who gave the advice entreated students to strictly adhere to the safety protocols by using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, regular handwashing with soap under running water, mandatory wearing of face masks and as well as observing the social distancing in the school.
He made these remarks when he visited three Senior High Schools in the municipality to sensitize students on the novel coronavirus safety protocols to help slow the spread of the disease.
Mr. Daniel Baya Laar encouraged them to enhance their personal hygiene and stressed the need for them to wear face masks whenever they were leaving their dormitories or coming to school.
“This is the only way to protect yourself, teachers, and colleagues around you in this new normal that we have found ourselves in. Wear nose mask at all times to protect yourself and your colleagues from the virus,” he stressed and reminded them to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water” he added.
Mr. Laar also encouraged students to immediately report any suspected case when they see their colleagues are showing signs of the virus.
The NCCE Director further urged the students to stop teasing and stigmatizing against infected persons and persons who have recovered from the virus, adding that stigmatization could hinder the fight against the spread of the virus.
When the stigma is rife, persons with symptoms of the disease may avoid receiving medical care and may end up infecting a lot of people with the virus, he stated.
During the visit, the Heads of Bawku Technical Institute, the Bawku Senior High School, and Bawku Senior High/Technical schools made PPEs available for students, teaching and non-teaching staff.
They said the schools have put adequate measures to slow the spread among other measures are compulsory temperature check with every student given health kit. Again, the Bawku Senior High School has made available a temporal room for isolation for any student who is showing signs of the virus.
While most of the students were happy to be back in school to complete their course, others were feeling scared and uncomfortable with the fear of contracting the novel virus.