The Ghana Health Service says that all Senior High Schools in the country have been mapped to various health facilities ahead of the return of students for academic activities.
GHS’ Director-General, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye says that it is part of its preparedness to ensure that students return safely to school amidst the rise in Covid cases in the country.
Addressing a press briefing in Accra on Monday, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye said that it has already assessed the conditions of these facilities.
He mentioned work is already underway to upgrade facilities that were not fit for the purpose.
“With our collaboration with the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education, all senior high schools have been mapped to health facilities within the country. A few months ago, we conducted a nationwide assessment to see the condition of our infirmaries and clinics in the schools, and those who do not have them are clearly mapped up and we are working to upgrade and make sure those who are in school are safe. “
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye, however, wants increased education in schools to ensure strict adherence to protocols.
He disclosed that plans are being made to introduce an entertainment-education program that will appeal to students so they adhere to the protocols.
“The protocol is by ensuring that we do a risk communication assessment. People understand that what we are talking about is to change their behavior to avoid infection and the objective is to encourage, especially, the children to observe the Covid-19 protocols in a way that appeals to them. We have to make them take responsibility for their own safety and that of their families and friends. So we are going to do an entertainment-education program where we come up to ensure that we are continually educating them”
Basic school students from Kindergarten (KG) to Junior High School (JHS) will resume their classroom activities from Friday, January 15, 2021.
Continuing Senior High School (SHS) students will go back to school on January 18, 2021, while first-year SHS students are expected to begin school on March 10, 2021.
Tertiary students will return to lecture halls from Saturday, January 9, 2021.
Story by: Erica Adwoa Yeboah Adjei | universnewsroom.com