The West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) says it has plans to conduct a study on the prevalence of the novel Coronavirus among students across all educational institutions.
According to the Director of WACCBIP, Prof. Gordon Akanzuwine Awandare, there could be an increase in COVID-19 cases among students as far as there is a surge in the cases at the national level.
He made this known in an exclusive interview on Campus Exclusive on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
“Now that schools have reopened, we can check the prevalence in schools. But generally, if the cases keep increasing in the population, it will also reflect in the schools because as I said, it is the parents who get infected and give it to their children [students]. We expect that there will also be an increase among the students,” he said.
Prof. Awandare further entreated teachers, parents, and the State to play their respective roles in the fight against the spread of the virus in the country.
“I think that we shouldn’t only focus on little children. This is the time where government must play its roles; parents and students must also play theirs to enforce the protocols in schools; otherwise, we are going to have a tough time because we all know the virus is very rampant and all over the place,” he added.
WACCBIP had earlier in October 2020 held discussions on the evolution of the coronavirus in Ghana.
The discussions which were held virtually came at a time when the Center, in collaboration with scientists at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), had revealed through a study that about 20 per cent of people living in Accra and Kasoa may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Story by: Eli Djomekou | universnewsroom.com