COVID-19: Ministry of Education, GES shut down offices for fumigation exercise

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The Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) have temporarily closed down their offices to allow for a disinfection exercise.

This follows a revelation by the Minster for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh that several employees at the Ministry have tested positive for Covid-19.

Dr. Opoku-Prempeh had spent two-weeks at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) after contracting the virus and was discharged on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

According to him, most of the affected staff are however exhibiting mild symptoms and are currently in self-isolation.

The affected staff are however expected to return to work next Monday.

These education institutions join a list of state institutions to suspend operations after some employees tested positive for the virus.

Institutional Outbreak

New cases of COVID-19  recorded in the last month have predominantly been institutional outbreaks.

In the last few days, several institutions have had to temporarily suspend operations as employees have contracted the virus. Including the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Limited (BOST), which shut down for a week after 46 of its employees tested positive for the virus.

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), has also closed down from July 8, 2020 to July 10, 2020, for a fumigation exercise after some of its staff contracted the virus.

At a fish-processing factory in Tema, 534 workers tested positive for the virus.

An employee of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) has also tested positive for the virus.

 

SourceABC News

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