JHS in Oti records COVID-19 Case
A Junior High School (JHS) in Oti Region has joined schools which have recorded the novel coronavirus case after school resumed.
This was disclosed by the Director of Public Health for the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie, at a media briefing in Accra on Tuesday.
The school which he failed to name, he said are now strictly adhering to the COVID-19 Safety measures and called on other schools to continue adhering to the protocols.
“The only reported JHS with a case is in the Oti Region. Just one. I think they are probably adhering to the protocols more than the others,” he said.
The Director of Public Health made the announcement while giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in schools in the country as well as concerns for the closure of educational institutions.
“The tertiary schools opened on June 15 but we have not had many events within the tertiary. The SHS and JHS resumed on June 22 and 29 respectively we have had some cases. If you look at the period from June 29 to now, is more than two weeks and we have only had one incident in JHS.
Wit the Senior High Schools the data here suggests that few school have been reported to have contracted the virus. The rate within the SHS is much lower than the total population in the country. The least was the JHS,” he said.
Positive for COVID-19 at Accra Girls SHS
55 students and staff at the Accra Girls’ SHS have tested positive for COVID-19.
This was disclosed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Monday, after it commenced a testing exercise at the school.
“As of July 13, 2020, a total of 314 persons (student and staff) from the School have been tested. Out of these, 55 have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 while 259 persons tested negative,” the statement said.
The statement further indicated that all those who have tested positive have been sent to treatment centres.
In a related development, some five SHSs in the Western Region have recorded COVID-19 cases.
This was announced by the Western Regional Director of Health, Dr Jacob Mahama.
“Western Region has recorded some COVID-19 cases. About five schools, each has one case but Nsei SHS in Axim has eight cases. In Archbishop Porter Girls too, we had one case but there are other cases which results have not come in yet,” he said.
On her part, the Public Relations Officer of the Western Regional Education Service, Kate Biney, told the media that Ahantaman Girls has recorded a suspected case and Archbishop Porter Girls also has one suspected case.
“For Nsei, Diabene, and Adiembra, I will have to check,” she added.