All first-year students enrolled under the free SHS policy introduced by the New patriotic Party, the present ruling government are undergoing a free medical screening exercise nationwide.
This medical examination is being organised by the Ghana Health Services(GHS) in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service(GES) and all medical records of students would be kept at the various health facilities close to the schools.
The Director-General of Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, spoke to the media about this ongoing medical exercise during a routine inspection of some health facilities in the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and Dade-Kotopon Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.
He said all the second cycle educational institutions are supposed to have functional sick bays to take care of the health needs of students.
“Every secondary school boarding house should have a functional sickbay, which would be a connection between us and the school.
“We will use the sick bay as a point of call whenever any student is sick and even allow the health facility looking after the school to deploy a nurse there,” he said.
Dr Nsiah-Asare said the GES would take full control of school health and would not wait till an epidemic breaks out or students fall sick before providing health services.
He said the GES would take students through physical education, healthy lifestyles and nutrition, as well as health education and general environmental sanitation issues at the schools.