The government has dismissed calls to shutdown schools after some recorded cases of COVID-19.
There has been numerous calls from a section of Ghanaians that the reopning of Senior High Schools is contributing to the fast spread of the disease and they must close schools again.
Deputy Minister for Health Dr Oko-Boye however disagrees with the calls as he says the cases are been managed well.
“We should never get into the track of saying that because one person has tested positive at a place the whole office must be closed, if so then the whole world must shut down because anywhere test are carried out don’t be surprised to get a positive case. Why are we surprised that we test students at a school and one person test positive. The virus is in the Ghanaian population that is why we all should take care of ourselves well” he said on Joy News.
The government deployed 200 personnel, including individuals from the Ghana Education (GES) Service and the GHS to monitor the COVID-19 situation in various Senior High Schools after six students and a teacher of the Accra Girls SHS tested positive for COVID-19.
The GES and GHS in the statement said the personnel have been actively spread out across the country for the task 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.
Some parents besieged the premises of the Accra Girls SHS yesterday, July 6, 2020, demanding the return of their wards back home after the cases were detected.
The students, also gathered outside their classrooms, chanting: “We’ll go home.”
Police officers were subsequently deployed to the school to prevent the agitated parents from entering the premises of the school.