The NCCE has advised final year students who are back in school to avoid sharing personal items including pens, pencils, towel, sponge, plates, spoon and mattresses with their friends, in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Bawku Municipal NCCE Director, Mr. Daniel Baya Laar, who gave the advice urged students to adhere to the safety protocols by regularly washing their hands with soap under running water, as well as observing social distancing in the school. Wearing of nose mask, he said is now mandatory and all must adhere to the directive on face mask wearing.

The Bawku Municipal’s NCCE made these remarks when he toured three Senior High Schools in the municipality to sensitise students on COVID-19 safety protocols to help minimise the spread of the virus. He encouraged them to improve on their personal hygiene and stressed need for them to wear facemasks whenever they were leaving their dormitories or coming to school.

“This is the only way to protect yourself, teachers and colleagues around you in this new normal that we have found ourselves in. Wear nose mask at all times to protect yourself and your colleagues from the virus,” he stressed and reminded them to use alcohol-base hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water.

Mr. Laar also encouraged students to immediately inform their school authorities of when they see their colleagues showing signs of the virus.

He also entreated them to eschew the tendency of teasing and stigmatising against infected persons and persons who have recovered from the virus, adding that stigmatisation could hinder the fight against the spread of the virus. When the stigma is rife, persons with symptoms of the disease may avoid receiving medical care and may end up infecting a lot of people with the virus, he stated.

During the visit, the Heads of Bawku Technical Institute, the Bawku Senior High School and Bawku Senior High/Technical schools made PPEs available for students and teachers.

The Schools have put in place a compulsory temperature checks with every student given health kit. Likewise, the Bawku Senior High School has made available a temporal room for isolation for any student who is showing signs of the virus.

While most of the students were happy to be back to school to complete their course, others were feeling scared and uncomfortable with the fear of getting infected by the virus.

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