Accra Technical University Records First COVID-19 Case
The Accra Technical University is a public tertiary institution and the Premier technical university in Ghana. In 1963, the Institute was renamed Accra Polytechnic, by the orders of the then President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
By the Polytechnic Law of 1992 (PNDC 321), which became fully operative in the 1993/1994 academic year, Accra Technical University was elevated to a tertiary status.
The institution was then placed under the Higher Education Council with autonomy to award Higher National Diplomas (through the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations [NABPTEX].
Formerly Accra Polytechnic, the authorities of Accra Technical University (ATU) has announced that it has recorded its first COVID-19 case. This announcement was made available to students today, 23rd June 2020.
The victim whose identity has been withheld from the public is a National Service Personnel at one of the Institution’s Academic Department.
“The said person is currently in isolation at a medical facility and responding well to treatment. Six colleagues who came into contact with the confirmed COVID-19 patient, have been counselled, re-assured and their samples were taken for laboratory testing.
“The contacts have been asked to self-isolate while waiting for the results of the test. The University Medical team and the Safety and Health Committee are however in touch with the patient and contacts, to provide the needed medical and psychological support,” the letter to students said.
Authorities of ATU pointed out that measures are being put in place to fumigate the affected offices. They further stated that;
“Members of the University Community are entreated to remain calm while adhering strictly to the published personal protection etiquettes.”