As basic and senior high schools (SHSs) get ready to reopen on Friday, January 15, the Vector Control Officer, Eastern Region, Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), Mr Maxwell Agbosu, has indicated that the safety of pupils and students is a collective responsibility of stakeholders in the midst of the new coronavirus diseases (Covid-19).
According to him, government was playing its part through the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) and waste management expert, Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), by disinfecting basic and SHSs and tertiary institutions across the country.
Mr Agbosu made the observation when his outfit took its ongoing mass disinfection and fumigation exercise to basic and SHSs and tertiary institutions in the Eastern Region.
In all, Zoomlion is expected to disinfect about one hundred and forty-two (142) SHSs (vocational & technical schools inclusive), twenty (20) tertiary institutions and over two thousand basic schools in the region.
Zoomlion, he reiterated, will continue to do its part in the nation’s fight against Covid-19.
In this regard, Mr Agbosu called on heads of institutions to put measures in place to complement the government’s efforts as they collectively work to combat the spread of the virus.
For his part, the Public Relations Officer of Bright Senior High School, Dr Isaac Asare, revealed that private institutions least expected government support in the midst of Covid.
According to him, government’s support since the outbreak of the virus in March 2020 had been tremendous and needed to be commended and appreciated.
“The government’s continuous support for private schools is worth appreciating and encouraged all to join in the fight against the pandemic,” he said.
Dr Amare also pointed out that his school had also prepared adequately receive the pupils.
“We have engaged the various housemasters to ensure students comply with all laid down protocols relating to Covid-19.”
…And we have s well asked parents to provide their wards with nose and face masks and sanitisers as they bring them to school,” he said.
He, however, appealed to the central government to ensure that the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) come on time.
On physical/social distancing protocol, he indicated that number of students would be reduced to twenty-five (25), adding that every classroom would have a Veronica bucket with soap and sanitisers and strict compliance to all the protocols.
Some of the schools that benefited from exercise were Pope John Senior High School, Bright Senior High School, Frihans Educational Complex and Kings Preparatory School.