Freetown, Mar. 30, 2015 (MOHS) – The cleaning of schools continue on Monday March 30, 2015 with 30 schools in the Western Area.
The 30 schools include the Albert Academy, Government Model, Rokel, Bishop Johnson and Laura Dove Secondary schools.
Organized by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology the exercise aims at providing a conducive, safe and healthy environment for staff and pupils and to re-assure parents and guardians of theirchildren’s safety.
The confidence building initiative started with decontamination of schools used as Community Care Centre, Holding Centres or closer to Treatment and Holding Centres.
The schools earlier benefited from the cleaning programme include Annie Walsh, St. Joseph’s Convent, Freetown Secondary School for Girls, Government Technical Secondary School, Vine Memorial, Collegiate and Sengbe Pieh Secondary schools.
One thousand six hundred and ninety (1,690) schools have been targeted and 30 schools per day have been lined up for the exercise which continues on Tuesday March 31, 2015.
Masada and the National Fire Force Services have been very supportive to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Street Life Family Organization in the cleaning exercise. Forty (40) schools in eight districts lined up for decontamination are schools in Bombali, Tonkolili, Koinadugu, Bo, Kono, Kambia, Port Loko and Western Area. The eight schools in Kono, five in Bombali have been completed, others are ongoing, expected to be completed on April 7, 2015. In the Western Area four schools: the Prince of Wales, Methodist Boys High School, John Thorpe were affected with community care and Holding centres. John Thorpe and Sengbe Pieh Secondary Schools have so far completed decontaminated.