Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said the government is not ready to close down schools contrary to the popular appeal by Ghanaians over suspected COVID-19 cases in these schools.
Speaking in an interview on Joy News, he said although some schools have reported some COVID-19 cases, the situation can be managed to curtail a further spread.
“Because of the regular screening, they (the schools) are in a position to determine if there is a suspected case and an elaborate process for ensuring how to deal with it, is put in place.
“The challenge is that in some instances there have been suspected cases that have been communicated in a way to parents and students that has heightened anxiety when in many of those cases it turns out to be untrue,” he said.
Speaking on what the government intends to do to safeguard the lives of students in most of these Senior High Schools that have cases of COVID-19 infections, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said:
“They are proceeding to ensure that there will be treatment for the one person. They will now proceed to test the entirety of the students and based on that they can make a decision.”
“It is the numbers that are directing the decisions that must be made. If they have tested and found one person who is positive, they isolate and treat that person. Then they do the mass testing on the other persons on campus and those persons are negative, why must that school be shut down?”
There are about ten senior high schools that have recorded the presence of the virus in their inner circles including Accra Girls SHS, Mpraeso SHS, Archbishop Porter Girls SHS, Bishop Herman School amongst others.
The government has promised to supply these schools with the needed COVID logistics to aid and safeguard them against the virus including nose masks, hand sanitizers and PPEs.
Ghana’s Coronavirus case count stands at 24,518 with 139 deaths and 20,187 recoveries; active cases at 4,192.