Parents and guardians have been urged to adhere to Covid-19 protocols to inspire their children and wards to protect themselves and others against the pandemic.

Dr John Ekow Otoo, the Deputy Bono Regional Director, Public Health, who gave the advice, implored parents to teach their children proper hand washing with soap and frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers to prevent the spread of the viral disease.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Dr Otoo said because children easily follow the behaviour of their parents, hence it is very imperative for parents to always wear nose or face masks to motivate their children to do so.

He emphasised that the region had not recorded any suspected Covid-19 infection among school children in the region though the re-opening of schools is a possible factor that can trigger the spread of the pandemic if children are not well protected.

On this basis, he called on parents and guardians to provide alcohol-based sanitisers and nose masks to their children before they left home for school.

Dr Otoo explained that the Covid-19 Regional Response Team, in collaboration with School Health Coordinators of the Ghana Health Service, have put in place pragmatic measures and intensified monitoring to reduce the risk of infection in schools.

He, therefore, called on educational authorities to ensure that all suspected cases of the Covid-19 are immediately reported to the response team for attention and further advised the public to avoid self-medication when they feel sick.

On the use of hand sanitisers, Dr Otoo advised the public to use enough sanitisers to rub their hands, especially between their fingers before the alcoholic content dried up.

He said the GHS and health workers are also doing their best to prevent the spread of the disease in schools and the Region and appealed to everybody to adhere to the health safety protocols for their good.