Nurses Stationed On C/R Campuses To Complement Zoomlion Disinfection Exercise For Safety
By Patrick Biddah
Health workers are expected to be stationed on campuses of the various Senior High Schools (SHSs) as a proactive measure for the reopening of schools for final year students.
The move according to the heads of schools, is to deal with any suspected case as the schools reopen on Monday, June 22 for final year students for an 11-week period .
These health workers who, include nurses and other public health specialists, will as well test for the temperatures of the students before allowing them entry into the school.
These arrangement is in addition with the provision of veronica buckets, soap and sanitizers for use by these students.
The Central regional Director of Health for the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Akosua Owusu-Sarpong, who dropped hints of this medical arrangement for the students yesterday at the launch of the disinfection for basic schools in the region, said the health directorate is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the safety of the school children.
According to her, the stationing of the nurses is to help facilitate and proactively move any student that may be suspected of any infection, adding that the schools are in direct links with individual hospitals in the region to receive and process any such case.
The assistant headmaster in charge of academic of the Mfanstipim School in Cape Coast, Mr William Mitchual, confirmed this arrangements to Journalists when the school was visited for the disinfection exercise .
He told Journalists, Mfantsipim is expecting 1,436 final year students who will be hosted in classrooms that will take 25 students in order to adhere to the social distancing protocols, as well as in dormitories that will be spaced out for the students.
So far, the Central region has recorded 694 positive cases with 146 recoveries. Eighty percent of these cases are said to be mild and 10 to 15percent moderate.
The Communications Director for Zoomlion, Madam Emma Akyea Boakye, was optimistic of her outfit doing an exercise which will eradicate viruses and bacteria to make the campuses safe for the students.
She told the gathering that 2460 basic schools and 100 SHSs, will be disinfected.
“As an organisation, we are up to the task since we have been doing this for some time now .We know we will do what will make the campuses safe but we also expect our students to adhere to the safety protocols and with God on our side ,nothing will happen “,she noted.
The Central regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, who launched the programme, urged the various stakeholders to work together to prevent any infection as a result of the reopening .
He said, the increasing number of cases has given him sleepless night, making him loose weight at a point in time.
He was, therefore tasking the security agencies and their counterparts to help enforce the safety measures.
In view of the enforcement, however, a total of 131 residents of the Central region have been arrested and put before courts .
Their crime according to the Police Commander for the region , DCOP ,Paul Awuni, is in violation of the safety protocols instituted to fight against the corona virus pandemic.
“We are not resting after these arrests, we would be patrolling the schools everyday to ensure that students wear the mask and observe other safety protocols “, he assured.