The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare, has urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to liaise with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to develop facility user protocols to guide efforts being made by Ghana’s COVID-19 response team in securing public educational facilities for use as isolation centers.
The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, in a preparation to stem and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, reached a decision to use senior high schools as isolation centres especially for people who can not self-quarantine in their homes.
However, this was met with opposition, as some residents of Cape Coast, Assin Manso, Moree and Nyankumasi Ahenkro resisted the use of their schools as quarantine centres.
The schools included St. Augustine’s SHS, Aggrey Memorial Zion SHS, Oguaa Sec. Tech, Moree SHS/Tech, Assin Manso SHS and Nyanumasi Ahenkro SHS.
But Mr. Asare has called for proper engagements and consultations between the appropriate stakeholders to ensure that a consensus is reached before the schools will be used as COVID-19 isolation centers.
“The efficient implementation of the protocols would ensure adequate community level engagement and consensus prior to the use of schools as COVID-19 isolation centres, assurances of zero impact on community health and safety, and adoption of WHO prescribed public health and safety practices, including fumigation of the facility before and after use, and accompanying certification that the school facility is Covid-19 free,” he added.
According to him, there seem to be no guidelines in securing educational facilities as COVID-19 isolation centres. He says the processes and conditions for identifying, securing, occupying and maintaining educational facilities for use as COVID-19 isolation centers in other countries are well defined, adding that the people need to be enlightened, considering the stigma of the disease at the community level.
The Central Region recorded its first case of the Coronavirus on 8th April, 2020 and became the 7th region in Ghana to have confirmed a positive case.
Story by: Emerald Abena Grant | universnewsroom.com