The Northern Regional branch of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has embarked on a sensitization campaign to special schools in the region to deepen awareness of the management of Covid -19. 

The Commission visited the Yumba Special school for the intellectually disabled in Tamale and the school for the Deaf in Savelugu where students were engaged in the causes and effect of the virus as well as the precautionary measures.

Deputy Northern Regional Director of NCCE, James Abdallah Ayaala said special and disabled students could transmit the virus if ignored therefore the need to educate them.

The Northern Regional Programmes Manager of the NCCE Covid-19 team, Kasim Osman, educated the students on the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places. 

He noted that those who failed to wear the masks could serve a jail term of four to ten years or pay a fine of  GH¢60,000 to GHc12,000.   

Mr Ayaala added that it required discipline and consistent efforts to reduce the virus from spreading the virus hence advised the management of the school to give the students a balanced diet to boost their immune system.   

The Headmaster of the Yumba Special school for the intellectually disabled, Ephraim Tutu Brempong, expressed worry about the inability of special children to adhere to the covid-19 preventive measures due to their nature. 

According to him, most of them cannot mask up for long because of seizures and drooling. 

He appealed for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from individuals and private entities adding that “government had already provided but more is needed to effectively ensure the children’s safety.” 

The Headmistress of the Savelugu School for the Deaf, Nora Naaso, said it was difficult to ensure that the students practiced social distancing in the school due to lack of furniture.