Pupils and staff of the Akosombo International School who contracted the novel coronavirus disease have recovered, the Volta River Authority (VRA) has announced.
A statement issued by the VRA on Thursday, March 11, 2021, mentioned that “All students and staff who tested positive have tested negative upon repeat tests,”
According to the statement available to Original News, all the pupils have been taken through counselling and ‘reintegrated back into the school.”
“Our first-year students have also reported to school without any incidents,” the statement added.
Following confirmed COVID-19 cases at the Akosombo International School, the Volta River Authority (VRA) urged calm.
The Eastern Regional Health Directorate earlier indicated that a school in Akosombo had recorded 42 COVID-19 cases.
VRA in a statement said a COVID-19 screening exercise has been ongoing for Staff and Students of the Akosombo International School.
“All who have so far tested positive are stable and without symptoms but in isolation for further management and treatment by the VRA Hospital staff,” it disclosed.
The authority also said, “staff and students have been advised to continue with strict adherence to all COVID-19 protocols.”
“We urge parents and the general public to remain calm as our Health Professionals are adequately equipped to handle the cases,” it added.
The Akosombo International School is one of the Authority’s registered schools alongside a Basic School.
Close down schools
There were concerns raised after some students of the Akosombo International School tested positive to the virus.
But the Child Rights International wholly disagreed with the suggestion.
The Executive Director of Child Rights International, Mr. Bright Appiah, said although there has been a rise in COVID-19 infections among children, available data is not strong enough to shut down down schools.
Within the last four months (November 9 to February 4) a total of 1,737 children within the age cohort of 0–17 years have tested positive for coronavirus disease in Ghana.
The number represents 1.04 per cent increase from the previous cases recorded within March to November 9, last year where 2,180 children contracted the virus.
Cumulatively, a total of 3,917 children have contracted the virus since March 2020, representing 5.47 per cent of the total contraction rate in Ghana.
Addressing a press conference in Accra, Mr. Appiah said: “For example, in Akosombo International School, out of 553 students tested, 73 students tested positive representing 13.2 per cent. Some schools in Greater Accra, Western, Ashanti and Eastern Region have recorded cases.”
Mr Appiah indicated that the cases of admission in Ghana were below 1 per cent even though there was an increase in the percentage of the infection rate.
“Only one child was admitted and has since been discharged,” he added.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana