The heads of various senior high schools in the Ashanti region, are advocating for a quarterly disinfection and fumigation exercisen of their campuses.
This according to the heads, is due to the past benefits the schools have derived from the exercise in terms of keeping the campuses safe in containing covid-19 from spreading amongst staff and students.
One such person is the headmaster of Kumasi High School , Joseph Anokye Wilson, who said both fumigation and disinfection exercises which were done in the school three months ago, have succeeded in ending the bedbugs menace which used to be a major challenge for the school.
For this reason, he was of the view that getting the schools disinfected on a quarterly basis, is a surest way of eradicating diseases in the schools, which are transmitted by micro organism .
The assistant headmaster, made the call yesterday when the government programme to disinfect senior high schools before their reopening on October 5 ,kicked off in the Ashanti region of which the Kumasi High School was disinfected.
The headmaster, who spoke on other related issues, explained how management constituted a 7-member covid-19 response team to implement a plan devised to enforce the safety protocols in the school during the return to school of the final year students to write their exit exams in June this year.
Giving details of how the plan was executed ,Mr Anokye Wilson, said all the students were grouped according to their courses, after which they were made to attend dining and lectures in batches.
This arrangement ,he noted helped in enforcing the safety protocols, particularly with social distancing .
Other heads of schools just like Mr Anokye Wilson, were full of praises for the government and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for undertaking an exercise which has eradicated a challenge which used to occur every term of the academic calendar.
After yesterday's disinfection exercise in the school, he said management is ready to receive the over 1,360 second year students back to school.
Yesterday's disinfection which also included basic schools in the region saw to the disinfection of the dormitories,the assembly hall,the administration block,the dining hall and the classrooms of the schools.
This round of disinfection which is running simultaneously across the 16 regions is to consolidate the gains made in the fight against the covid-19 since the first confirmed case hit the country in March of this year.
Basic schools that benefited from yesterday's exercise were the Mother Smith basic school at Gyinase in the Asokwa municipality.
Other basic schools in the same Asokwa municipality which were disinfected are the Presby Bethel Junior High School at Atonsu,the Matta Devi basic school also at Atonsu and the Osei Tutu International School .
The rest of the basic schools that were disinfected are Christ The King basic school located at Ahinsan,the Mount Zion Methodist basic school also at Ahinsan and the Chipatere Roman Catholic (RC) School.
Briefing the media after the first day of a five-day disinfection exercise ,the Ashanti regional manager for Zoomlion Ghana Limited,Mr Philip Yeboah Asante gave a break down of the number of schools to be disinfected.
According to him, over 4,900 basic schools in the region will be disinfected in addition to 300 senior high schools.
He welcomed the proposal by the heads of the schools for a quarterly disinfection saying they are always ready.