SHS heads calls for quarterly fumigation of schools
Authorities of some Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the Northern, Savannah and North East regions have called on government to make fumigation of their schools a quarterly exercise.
According to them, bedbugs has become a nuisance and a major worry to school management and all efforts must be put in place to get rid of the insects to ensure the safety of students.
The head masters at separate interviews during zoomlion fumigation and disinfection exercise made passionate appeal to the government to their concerns.
The head masters stated that they have committed a lot of their school’s little resources to control the situation but to no avail.
They are hoping that with the Ministry of Education and Zoomlion Ghana limited partnership, school environment especially dormitories and classrooms will be safe.
The excited head masters described the partnership as good intervention by the government.
Speaking to the media during a fumigation and disinfection exercise at the Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO), Head mistress of the school Hajia Amina Musah said minimizing or eradicating the insects permanently will create a conducive atmosphere for students to study.
`I think that is a very good intervention by the government, we have been spraying this bedbugs but they are not going away; We spent thousands of cedis and we don’t even know what to do again, they are just nausance.
‘Our students get rashes all over their body anytime they in school. If government intervene in bringing zoomlion to minimized or eradicate the insects we are happy’, Hajia Amina stated.
She continued ;The bedbugs have overstay in our school and we are very much grateful to the government and zoomlion effort.
On his part, Assistant Head Master of Tamale Senior High School (TAMASCO), Mr Abdulai Baba expressed their gratitude to government and zoomlion for the intervention.
TAMASCO, Mr Baba disclosed also spent huge sum of money in combating the bedbugs infections and other insects including cockroaches and termites.
He appealed to government to make fumigation and disinfection an annual exercise at least 3 times in a year.
Director for Communication and Corporate Affairs for Zoomlion Ghana Limited Mrs Emma Akyea-Boakye, told the media at GHANASCO that the exercise since its beginning on 11th May, 2020 in Tamale has been successful.
Mrs Akyea-Boakye encouraged parents to try and fumigate their homes to prevent students from possible transporting the insects from their schools to their various homes.
On the sustainability of the effects of the exercise, Mrs Akyea-Boakye suggested to the government to make the exercise a quarterly.
‘If we could do this at least every qauter, it would help teaching and learning in the schools’ Mrs Akyea-Boakye emphasized.