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Bechem Presbyterian SHS confirms first case of COVID-19 

There have been reported cases of COVID-19 infections in some senior high schools, making many parents apprehensive as their wards have gone back to school

The Presbyterian senior high school at Bechem in the Ahafo Region has confirmed its first case of COVID-19.

The assistant headmaster in charge of domestic affairs, Michael Boamah, said the student started showing symptoms a week after reporting to school.

“The student came to the school’s clinic complaining he was not feeling fine; he could not smell properly, neither did he have a sense of taste. Though he reported he was ill, he is still strong even till date,” he said.

Mr Boamah said the school nurse immediately contacted the Bechem Government Hospital, which quickly tested the student for COVID-19.

Reported cases in schools

On Monday, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Ghana Education Service (GES) confirmed in a statement that six students, a teacher and spouse at the Accra Girls’ Senior High School had tested positive for COVID-19.

The statement said a team of experts at various levels from the GHS, led by national officers, had been to the school together with colleagues from the GES to put in the necessary control measures.

According to the statement, all contacts of confirmed cases had been identified and separated from non-contacts. Testing of all contacts of confirmed cases had also started and the Accra Girls’ authorities, with the support of the local assembly, were in the process of disinfecting the affected dormitories.

“The school has put in measures to ensure strict adherence to social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures, and continuous public education sections for staff, students and parents on COVID-19 as part of steps instituted so far,” the statement said.

Ghanaian schools had for over three months been closed down as the country took measures to contain the spread of the pandemic

With the disease spreading rapidly nationwide, many parents were apprehensive as their wards went back to school to prepare for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

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