Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye, has disclosed that some schools, particularly those in the Greater Accra Region, have recorded a significant number of Covid-19 cases.
Addressing the public in a press briefing, the GHS boss indicated that about 13 schools have recorded an outbreak with 245 confirmed cases. He noted that 134 students out of the 245 cases have recovered with no deaths recorded.
Two schools have closed down due to the increasing number of cases recorded.
He however discouraged management from closing down schools with recorded covid cases.
“We have an increasing number of Covid outbreaks across the country. We have mainly workplace and school outbreaks. Some schools have closed down temporarily to control the spread, while other companies have also have taken a little break to make sure they are able to control the spread,” he said.
“So far we have recorded 13 schools with the outbreak of covid cases, but there is still the possibility of under reporting. We have recorded 245 cases with 134 recorded and 111 active cases. The good thing is that we have recorded no death.”
According to Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye, the Greater Accra Region has the highest number of recorded cases in Ghana despite a reasonable amount of administered vaccines. He attributed the surge in the covid cases to the poor adherence to the precautionary protocols.
“There’s been an upward surge of cases recorded from March through to June this year. Greater Accra has been the new driver of the new cases but was quite minimal in early March to April. What is interesting is that looking at the active cases by age, we have the usual 30-59 as the bulk of the cases, but now for the first time we are having increases in the ages under 15. Unfortunately that is the group that are not qualified for vaccination.”
He further cautioned Ghanaians to maintain adherence to the covid safety protocols to control the spread across the country. He advised parents of children within the unqualified age group of 0-14 for the vaccine intake to protect their children and ensure that proper protocols are observed.