Confirmed:18 students and staff test for COVID-19 in Accra Educational Institution
Accra Girls Senior High School (AGISS) has recorded six coronavirus cases after 11 students who showed symptoms of the ailment had a COVID-19 test.
The students were isolated at the school’s sickbay on Monday, June 29, 2020, when exhibiting symptoms of the ailment during class hours.
According to a report gathered by Spot On News, six out of the 11 students who had the test tested positive for the deadly respiratory ailment.
Health officials from the Ayawaso East Health directorate who confirmed the incident to the media stated that the students who tested positive for the ailment were transferred to the Ga East Municipal Hospital for treatment on Saturday July 4.
Meanwhile some of the school staff assured media that calm has been restored at the school after little agitation from some students over fears of contracting the virus.
They said measures had been put in place to ensure medical and psychological support for all persons who came into contact with the victims.
AGISS is the second educational institution in the country which has recorded COVID-19 Case after Accra Technical University (ATU).
According to a statement issued in Accra and signed by the Acting Director of Public Affairs of ATU, the positive case was recorded just a week after school reopened.
The victim was a National Service personnel in the Academic Department of the institution and was stated that six colleagues came into contact with the infected person.
This brings the count of staff and students in Accra educational institution who tested for the COVID-19 to18 with confirmed positive case as 7.
The final year students returned to school on Monday, June 22 to prepare for their final exams after the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo directed all schools in the country to be closed from March 16.
In his 12th address, the President assured parents of his commitment in protecting their wards as they resume school.
According to him, he would be the last person to expose the students to risk since they were the first beneficiary to his free SHS education policy.
President Akufo-Addo said his outfit in collaboration with the ministry of education and Ghana Education Service (GES) has disinfected all schools and were in right shape to accommodate the students.
To control the spread of the virus, he underscored the need for students and educational staff to be determined and remain focus in adhering to all the safety protocols.
He urged the students to always wear their nose masks, wash their hands frequently and also rub their hands with alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
The final year students of universities, colleges, and other tertiary education institutions returned to campus on Monday June 15 to prepare towards their exit examinations.
This was followed by Senior High School finalists and Gold Track Form two students who reported on June 22 following President Akufo-Addo’s easing of restrictions on educational activities.
Currently final year Junior High Schools students have also returned to school to prepare for their final exams.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE