The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed that a total number of 245 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in 13 schools in the country.
Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Director-General of the Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, stated that the alarming cases have forced the temporary shutdown of the affected schools.
The decision, he says, is to mitigate the spread of the virus among the students.
He noted that, “there is still a lot of underreporting. We know that there are about 13 schools that have reported outbreaks but we also know that there are a lot more than 13 who have not reported.
“Some schools have closed down temporarily to control the spread; other companies have also taken a little break to make sure that they are able to contain the spread.”
Out of the 245 cases among these 13 schools; 134 have recovered and 111 are still active with no casualties.
“The good thing is that we’ve not had any deaths among these cases,” he told the media.
The Director-General expressed concerns about the increasing cases among school children.
According to statistics, cases involving children in Accra have risen from 18% to 20%.
He touted that: “Something has to be done as far as the protection of children is concerned because they are also not vaccinated to give them the protection they need,”
He therefore appealed to Ghanaians to protect their wards and ensure that they adhere to the Covid-19 safety protocols.
So far, Ghana has a total of 1,308 active cases of the virus as of June 18, 2022, with 1,448 deaths and 218 new cases.
Source: The Independent Ghana