Achimota School On Partial Lockdown Over Rising COVID cases
The Achimota School will bar visitors and other non-essential guests from entering its premises for the next two weeks in order to contain the threat posed by COVID-19 infections recorded in the school.
A call by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) asked the school to prevent the said categories of people in order to allow students who had been infected to be quarantined and others isolated.
Prof. Kwesi Opoku Amankwaa, the Director-General of the GES, has assured the general public, particularly parents with wards at Achimota, that the situation is under control.
“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,” he said.
Another official of the Health Service, Dr. Franklin Asiedu Bekoe, told Accra-based Joy News, that day students will meanwhile, stay at home.
COVID in schools
Some 2,217 students have tested positive for coronavirus, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, has said.
Dr Kuma-Aboagye said the infections were detected in 351 schools across the country, with the Delta variant still a concern for health authorities.
The Delta variant was dominant in infections from Achimota School and continually being detected at other locations.
According to him, between June 14 and 16, 2021, three students were presented to the Achimota School sickbay with influenza-like symptoms.
He said all three students tested positive for the virus, prompting the activation of the Public Health Emergency Rapid Response Teams of the Greater Accra and the Okaikoi North Municipal of the Ghana Health Service.
“As of July 3, 2021, 843 students and staff of Achimota School had been sampled, 348 are boarding students, 459 are day students, 36 teaching and non-teaching staff were tested,” the GHS boss said at the weekend.
Out of the available results for 550 samples, there were 135 total positive tests from the Achimota School.