Second year Senior High School (SHS) students in the Upper West region, have been called upon to strictly observe the safety protocols, despite disinfection of their schools ahead of their reopening on October 5.
This is in view of the fact that, disinfection alone is not a permanent solution to the spread of the dreaded covid-19 among students.
The Upper West Zoomlion General Manager, Mr Emmanuel Vulsuuri, who made the call, warned that disinfections of schools, would amount to nothing, if students do not strictly observe the safety protocols as a means to consolidating the gains of the disinfection .
Mr Volsuuri ,was speaking to Journalists at the end of the first day of a one week disinfection exercise of Senior High and Junior High Schools in Upper West region.
It is an exercise being done in partnership with government through the Ghana Education Service and waste management giants, Zoomlion.
In all , 47 SHSs will be disinfected in addition to 776 Junior High Schools (JHS) in the region, making it a total of 823 basic and senior high schools.
As at Saturday, half of these schools, have been disinfected with the remaining expected to be done by Sunday.
According to Mr Volsuuri, although there were initial challenges with accessing the schools due to flooding, they managed against all odds to get the schools disinfected.
Giving the scope of work, he said there was a deliberate concentration on the doorknobs and open surfaces of the schools, in order to destroy any virus or bacteria that may be present.
One of the SHSs that was disinfected in the region, is the Islamic Senior High School located at Kampaha in the Wa municipality of the Upper West region.
Areas in the school which were disinfected are the dormitories ,library ,administration block, classrooms, staff common room ,dinning and assembly halls.
The senior house master of the school, Mr Abukari Aminu, who welcomed the team of sprayers and journalists, gave the assurance they were prepared to receive the 715 students on October 5, due to the measures that have been taken to provide adequate protection.
Other basic schools that benefited from the exercise are; Imam Siddique primary A at Busa. Aside from this school ,the Busa cluster of schools were also disinfected.
The rest of the schools that benefited are; the Busa primary A, as well as the Doodiyiri primary And Junior High Schools.
The headmaster of the Doodiyiri primary and junior high, Mr Aminu Awudu, was of the view that the exercise should be undertaken at the very onset of the opening of schools, rather than the time it is done and when the children actually open school.