The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Patrick Kuma-Aboagye has stated that the service has started tracking suspected COVID-19 cases in some Senior High Schools across the country.
Wesley Grammar SHS, Mfanstipim School, Prang SHS and Odorgonno SHS, among others have all reported suspected cases among students.
“Samples [of students in these schools] have been taken because we have suspected cases. We have the Pru West and the Prang Secondary School, where there are cases that we are trying to follow up. In the Central Region, my current evidence is that we have two cases in Mfanstipim, and one in Mankessim.” – he said at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday
A statement from the Ghana Health Service and Ghana Education Service earlier indicated that personnel have been spread out across the country to ensure that the schools do not become hotspots for the spread of the virus.
“A team of 200 personnel, drawn from the Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service, the Regional and District Directorates of Education are actively spread out all over the country and are monitoring the situation closely.”
“Further, all health institutions to which senior high schools have been mapped with health facilities to ensure that any suspected cases are promptly dealt with in accordance with the laid down protocols,” the joint statement noted.
The Ghana Health Service has reported that a teacher at Accra Girls Senior High School and spouse, together with six students have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The news was made public in a joint statement issued by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Monday, July 6, 2020.
The statement disclosed all those who tested positive have since been sent to a treatment centre and are responding to treatment.
“As at 6th July, 2020, six (6) students, a teacher and spouse have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19 in Accra Girls Senior High School.
A team of experts from Ghana Health Service at various levels led by national officers and their colleagues from Ghana Education Service have been to the school to put in the necessary control measures.”
Following reports over the weekend that some students had tested positive at the school, some parents yesterday stormed the school to take their wards home but were prevented by personnel from the Ghana Police Service.