The Ghana Education Service in partnership with Zoomlion Ghana Limited has begun an exercise to fumigate and disinfect a total of seventy-eight (78) senior high schools in the Western Region. The objective of the exercise according to the Western Region Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Abdulai Abdallah, is to get rid of bedbugs and other pests that have infested these educational centers.
Mr. Abdallah added that dormitories, classrooms, canteens, auditoriums, stores and offices will all be fumigated, and disinfected with chlorine based solutions to kill any coronaviruses on surfaces or in any material present.
“The target is the bed bugs and other vectors. And once this is done, then we also look at the virus and gems” he said.
In the capital; Sekondi Takoradi, a total of seventeen schools are earmarked to be fumigated and disinfected. A team from the company begun the exercise this morning.
Mr. Abdallah disclosed that they will be running the exercise in batches of eight schools, and it is expected to be completed tomorrow.
He noted that students, staff and parents, after the completion of the exercise, would be assured of their health and safety.
“You know these bed bugs can be. So once these bed bugs are killed the students can relax and they will also be very comfortable anytime they sit to learn. And aside that we want to allay the fears of this COVID-19 the students. And they can be rest assured that they will not contract the disease when they use the schools’ facilities” Mr Abdallah stressed.
Assistant Headmaster, in charge of Academics at St. Johns Senior High School, Francis Ofori Siaw was satisfied with the exercise. He remarked that it would reposition them amid this pandemic to receive their students and staff when school resumes.
“The rippling effect, you know, will be, to improve academic in the school” he added.