ASPIRE EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX, KOFORIDUA TOPS SCHOOLS IN E/R
By Samuel Appah-Peniel
ASPIRE EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX, KOFORIDUA, has topped schools in the Eastern Region in terms of taking precautions by adhering to the Covid-19 protocols, such as physical distancing, cleaning of surfaces regularly, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning of hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.
A visit by the TNP NEWS TEAM revealed that the pupils, school management and parents adhere to all the protocols outlines by the government as compared to other schools visited.
The visiting team noticed thatcleaners at the school clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such asdoor handles, faucets and television screens.
Again, the pupils maintain at least a 1-metre distance between themselves and othersto reduce the risk of infection when they cough, sneeze or speak. They maintain an even greater distance between themselves and others when indoors and at the dining halls.
The pupils regularly and thoroughly clean their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on their hands.
The TNP NEWS TEAM discovered that,the authoritieshave make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people in the school with the appropriate use, storage and cleaning or disposal are essential to make masks as effective as possible.
Some of the pupils who spoke to our news team said they have been told to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. They explained to the TNP NEWS TEAM that hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
The team observed that the pupils cover their mouth and nose with their bent elbow or tissue when they cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash their hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, they protect the people around them from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19 ‘.
On how to wear the mask to reduce the risk of infection at Aspire Educational Complex, Koforidua, the headmaster of the school, Mr. Joy Pesewutse Adipah in an interview with the TNP NEWS TEAM said the pupils have been taught to clean their hands before they put their mask on, as well as before and after they put it off, and after they touch it at any time.
He added that ‘We make sure it covers both your nose, mouth and chin. When you take off a mask, store it in a clean plastic bag, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask, or dispose of a medical mask in a trash bin. Don’t use masks with valves’.
The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide. The rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively.