The Ghana Health Service together with The Ghana Education Service have partially locked down the Achimota School in the Greater Accra Region following the stike of the COVID-19 Delta variant strain in the school.
The school’s management have been instructed not to permit anyone to come by the grounds of the school nor allow anyone to go out for the next two weeks. This directive comes after 135 students tested positive for the new strain of COVID-19 on campus.
Professor Kwesi Opoku Amankwa, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service has asked parents not to panic, guaranteeing that measures have been staged to ensure the security of their wards in the school.
“I want to assure the entire country, especially for parents who have their wards in Achimota that every measure has been taken to ensure that we contain the spread of the virus.”
The Director of Public Health at GHS, Dr. Franklin Asiedu Bekoe, in an interview also said day students of the school are supposed to stay at home for the next two weeks.
“We are not going to allow any visitation in the school for the next two weeks. The day students are going to be kept at home for the next two weeks, while those who are positive [for COVID-19] are going to be kept in isolation,” he said.
On Sunday, July 4, 2021, GHS confirmed the exposure of the highly infectious variant of Coronavirus – Delta, at the Achimota School
He also added that, three students of the school showed influenza-like symptoms at the school’s sickbay between June 14 and 16, 2021. They were tested in line with laid down protocols, and all three results turned out positive. They are subsequently segregated, and all contacts were placed under imperative quarantine on campus.
Meanwhile, initial calls for the closedown of the school were denied.
For instance, the Executive Secretary of Education thinks tank, Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare, said the situation didn’t require the closedown of the school.
“There are protocols that are used in closing schools…I think we are not at the level of closure of schools. So I think that the existing protocols, i.e. testing and isolation and the rest, should be fine. I don’t think this is a cause for panic. We only need to go back to the basics and do what we were doing right.”
Story by: Jacqueline Quaye