Management of Accra Technical University has collaborated with its Health and Safety Committee wing and Quality Assurance division in a workshop training dubbed “Training of COVID-19 Preventive Marshals” on 16th February 2021 at the University’s auditorium.
The training comes off against the backdrop of a suspenseful twist to the COVID-19 story, following the emergence of a ravaging new variant of the virus. Ghana, like many others, has not been spared of the devastating effects of the second wave with a surge in the number of cases between December 2020 and January 2021 after a near reduction in the spread of the virus. This calls for the intensification of preventive measures to battle the spread of the disease.
Speaking at the opening of the training, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, commended the University Community for their diligence and quick response towards the outbreak of the pandemic. He applauded management’s tireless efforts in putting place measures to prevent the spread of the virus on campus and through the production of sanitisers and nose masks among others. In addition to this, he doffed his hat to the professionalism showcased even when the University had pockets of cases in the school and how confidential they were treated.
However, the Vice-Chancellor bemoaned the complacency that is setting in among students and some staff in following COVID-19 protocols such as the wearing of masks and practising social distancing. With the hike in the number of cases and the number of casualties becoming precariously alarming, he mentioned that Commissioning of the COVID-19 Preventive Marshals was a step in the right direction to intensify the University’s adherence to the COVID-19 protocols through collaborative vigilance.
The University’s resident doctor, Dr Imam Abdul Moro seized the opportunity to sensitise the audience on the complications and effects of COVID-19. He stressed the reality of the disease and entreated his audience not to subscribe to the superstitious delusions about the virus that are being peddled by people. He called for a collective action to protect each other and not add to the statistics.
Also speaking at the commissioning was Mr Lawrence Annison, a Virologist at the Medical Laboratory Technology Department of ATU. He delivered a presentation on the trends of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -COV- 2 ( SARS-COV-2) and simplified the complexity of the pandemic to the audience through its origin and how it’s affects human beings. He emphasized that understanding the nature of the virus is important to adopting appropriate measures and human relations to avoid contracting the virus.
Volunteers were taken through their roles and the modalities of the status they will assume by the Director of Quality Assurance, Dr Henry Hackman. He charged would-be Marshals to be examples to the University Community, educate all and sundry and enforce the adherence of COVID-19 protocols within the confines of the University. He mentioned that all who are found culpable in the disregard of the COVID-19 protocols will be brought to book accordingly to serve as a deterrent to others
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Amevi Ackapovi in his closing remarks thanked all who have availed themselves to volunteer as COVID-19 Preventive Marshals. He acknowledged their selfless sacrifice and wished them well in assuming the COVID-19 Preventive Marshal role.
The institution of the COVID-19 Preventive Marshals is the university’s internal peer-to-peer enforcement mechanism of the COVID-19 protocols.
By: Public Affairs Directorate