The Ghana Education Service (GES) is working in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited to fumigate second-cycle educational institutions in the country.
More than 400 schools, including the Special Schools, across the country, have been targeted for fumigation in order to disinfect the facilities of harmful bacteria.
The exercise would see administration blocks, classrooms, dormitories, staff bungalows and the campuses of those schools being cleansed thoroughly for the safety of students and staff, according to the Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company, in a speech read on his behalf at a press briefing in Kumasi, said the exercise would commence in the Ashanti Region effective Friday, April 17.
A total of 134 public and 53 private Senior High Schools (SHSs), as well as three Special Schools in the Region would be fumigated over a ten-day period.
Dr. Agyepong indicated that the Company was liaising with the Ministry of Education to ensure a successful exercise, saying formal notification had been served Management of the beneficiary schools for their cooperation.
Given the enormity of the project, he said, some companies, including Desert Lion International Ghana, manufacturers of agro and insecticide-related products, had been brought on board.
Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, the Regional Minister, said the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) had taken some precautionary measures to help protect the citizenry in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
“We have disinfected the markets, lorry terminals, drainage system and Kumasi Central Business District (CBD) over the last month,” he noted.
The Regional Minister asked the media to partner the government effectively in order to create the needed awareness on the pandemic.