90% staff of Ministry of Education test positive for COVID-19
The Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh has revealed that 90per cent of staff of the sector ministry have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to him, they embarked on a mass testing exercise on staff after testing positive and it was identified that 90per cent have tested positive for the virus.
Speaking in an interview with Peace FM in Accra on Wednesday, Dr Opoku Prempeh stated that the mass testing became necessary after he tested positive for the ailment and helped the Ghana Health Service(GHS) to take urgent step to contain the spread of the ailment at the sector ministry.
“After my second result came out as positive, testing was conducted on all staff at the ministry and the results showed that out of every 50 persons, about 45 had contracted the virus. Most of them are asymptomatic so they are isolating at home,” he added.
Narrating his ordeal, Dr Opoku Prempeh stated it was an unpleasant situation for him during his stay at the hospital and urged the citizenry to strictly adhere to the protocols to remain safe.
“For all the 52 years of my life, I have never been admitted to the hospital before and it was not a pleasant experience. The disease is very real and I don’t wish it on even my foe,” he said.
The Ghana Education Service (GES), is however determined to pull through with the senior high schools terminal examination for final year students despite calls by the medical association to the contrary.
“We are going ahead with the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), we have not received any directive to hold on. We are going to conduct the exams which the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is preparing for it,” The Public Relations Officer, Cassandra Twum-Ampofo added.
She indicated that plans were far advanced to ensure the safety of the students during the exams.
” We have holding rooms in all the schools and we have trained health personnel there so when they come across any COVID-19 symptoms, the person is isolated. We have also mapped all schools to a health facility,” Ms Twum-Ampofo said.