The government of Ghana has made available Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and logistics to 234 tertiary institutions as part of measures to equip universities following the President’s directive to partially open up schools for final-year students.
The distribution began on Saturday, 13 June 2020 by the Ghana Armed Forces and it is the first phase of logistical and PPE supplies to these institutions as the government intends to also fully furnish basic, secondary and tertiary schools.
Addressing journalists in Accra, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said a total of 234 tertiary institutions are benefiting from this first batch of logistics distribution.
Fifty-seven in the Greater Accra Region, 31 in Ashanti, 18 in Central, 14 in Northern, 22 in Eastern, 17 in Volta, 11 in the Western Region, 14 in the Bono Region, 11 in Upper East, 11 in Upper West, 9 in the Ahafo Region, 6 in Bono East, 5 in Western North, 3 in Oti, 4 in Savannah and 1 in the North East Region.
President Akufo-Addo, in his tenth address to the nation, announced the partial reopening of schools so as to enable final-year students at various levels to sit their final exams.
He also announced that the government will put in place the right mechanisms to ensure that students, teaching and non-teaching staff are protected amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The Information Minister said the government is doing all it can to provide logistical support to the various schools to make sure they operate smoothly.
“In all, we are expecting about 200,000 persons to benefit from these logistics. In terms of the specific logistics, everybody is getting three face masks which are reusable so that will be about 600,000 units of face masks”, he added.
The Minister said more than 1,700 veronica buckets, more than 200,000 ML units of hand senitisers and more than 3,400 packets of soap and another 3,400 packets of tissue are being distributed.
“About 900 thermometers are also going to all of these schools in addition to the disinfection and other exercises that are going on there”, he added.