Fight against Swine Flu & Meningitis in SHS: NUGS to deploy 480 Health Volunteers

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The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) through its health bloc, National Health Students Association of Ghana are to deploy 480 health graduates and student volunteers across the country following the widespread of swine flu and meningitis in some SHS.

This is part of efforts to complement the containment measures by sector Ministries even as we await the arrival and administering of vaccines across affected schools.

In a statement issued and signed by the national president for the Student Union,  Mr. Frank Amaoskohehe revealed that the deployment exercise would cover both affected schools and schools yet to record a case of the outbreak. It is categorized under Emergency Phase 1 and Emergency Phase 2. The following is the breakdown of deployed personnel:

The Ashanti Region (affected) and the 3 Northern Regions (affected partly) – 60 and 80 each respectively; Central and Greater Accra Regions – 60 personnel each; Western and Eastern Regions (suspected)- 60 each; and Volta and Brong Ahafo Regions – 50 each.

According to the Mr. Frank Amaoskohehe, the phase two of the exercise would be to the affected Senior High Schools, during the vacation. We are still in talks with sector Ministries after our petition to secure safety gears among others for volunteers.

This would equip management and campus clinics with the requisite information on how to handle cases that show signs of the swine flu or meningitis. Also, stocks on the health challenges of the clinics and the schools will be taken by the volunteers and relayed to the Union for the address.

Read the full statement below

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

17-12-2017

*NUGS TO DEPLOY 480 HEALTH GRADUATES & VOLUNTEERS TO AID CURB DEATHS & SPREAD OF SWINE FLU AND MENINGITIS ACROSS VARIOUS SHS*

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) through its health bloc the National Health Students Association of Ghana is to deploy 480 health graduates and student volunteers across the country following the widespread of swine flu and meningitis in some SHS. This is part of efforts to complement the containment measures by sector Ministries even as we await the arrival and administering of vaccines across affected schools.

The deployment exercise would cover both affected schools and schools yet to record a case of the outbreak. It is categorized under _Emergency Phase 1_ and _Emergency Phase 2_. The following is the breakdown of deployed personnel:

The Ashanti Region (affected) and the 3 Northern Regions (affected partly) – 60 and 80 each respectively; Central and Greater Accra Regions – 60 personnel each; Western and Eastern Regions (suspected)- 60 each ; and Volta and BrongAhafo Regions – 50 each.

Emergency Phase 1

The first batch of health graduates and volunteers shall be dispatched on Wednesday, 20th December, 2017, to schools that have not recorded any case yet. They shall collaborate with management and health professionals in the schools’ infirmaries (clinics ) on ways to prevent disease outbreaks as being experienced in other schools by identifying conditions that may facilitate the growth of micro organisms, sanitation-related issues and taking stock of challenges. This data the Union believes can help it assess the situation and find a permanent solution. We are of a firm belief that this understanding will also enable us  make recommendations on how to equip the centers to handle any future emergencies.

Emergency Phase 2

The phase two of the exercise would be to the affected Senior High Schools, during the vacation. We are still in talks with sector Ministries after our petition to secure safety gears among others for volunteers. This would equip management and campus clinics with the requisite information on how to handle cases that show signs of the swine flu or the meningitis. Also, stocks on the health challenges of the clinics and the schools will be taken by the volunteers and relayed to the Union for redress.

The Regional Students Representative Councils, a bloc under NUGS would also play significant role in the mobilization. Cooperation of heads and management of these schools are therefore highly anticipated for a successful program.

The Union also calls on all stakeholders, NGOs, cooperate entities, individuals and Alumni who may want to support this important exercise to call on the leadership of The Union.

Cc:

The Media

Parliament of Ghana

Ministries of Health and Education

All Blocs of NUGS

All SHS

Aluta Continua; Victoria Ascerta

*Signed*

Kabu Nartey

General Secretary

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*Countersigned*

(Leader) Frank Amoakohene

President

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Source: otecfmghana.com/ Kwaku Anane Jnr

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