A total of 2,180 children below the age of 18 have contracted COVID-19 in Ghana.
This is according to research conducted by Child Rights International (CRI) from March 11 to November 9, 2020.
CRI launched the research report titled COVID-19: The State Of Children In Ghana on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
The report delves into how the virus has affected children in the areas of education, child protection and socio-economic activities.
According to the report, “the nationwide data shows that from March 11 to November 9, 2020, out of 49,202 who contracted the COVID-19 virus, 2,180 children below 18 years have contracted the virus representing 4.43% of the total contraction rate in Ghana.”
The report also revealed that out of 2,180 children who have contracted COVID-19, 4 deaths have been recorded among children within the age cohort of 0-14 years. However, there was no mortality recorded in children between the age cohort of 15-17.
“Majority of children who have contracted COVID-19 fall within the age cohort of 0-14 as compared to those in the age cohort of 15-17.”
“More girls have contracted COVID-19 as compared to boys within each cohort. However, the mortality is higher in boys as compared to that of girls,” the report indicated.
The research also touched on the efficiency and effectiveness of the digital online platforms as well as its accessibility across the country.
The CRI report revealed that children are yet to benefit from the learning platforms provided across all regions.
“The digital platforms reached only 5% of the children in the regions, namely Bono, Ahafo, Ashanti, Western and Eastern. TV and radio coverage reached 32% of children surveyed except in Greater Accra. 6 out of every 10 children said they used peer and parental support in learning. 5% of children had experienced maltreatment once or twice in a day. 8 out of every 10 children interviewed preferred to be in school instead of being at home.”
“Despite the alternative measures put in place, 89% of children complained that distance learning platforms have not been an effective way of learning as compared to classroom settings. Over 70% of children claimed that they had no support or encouragement from their parents regarding their studies. An average of 28% of children stated that performing excessive activities for their parents affected their learning during school closure.”
The research by CRI also unravelled the rise of child protection cases during the period of the pandemic.
The research used both quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting data. The data collected sampled 589 communities, towns and cities, in addition to nationwide data on COVID-19 provided by the Ghana Health Service (GHS). Secondary data from other sources were included in the research.
Click here for the full report on the state of children in Ghana during COVID-19.
About Child Rights International (CRI)
Child Rights International (CRI), established in 1997, is a non-governmental organization that is committed to the promotion and protection of the inherent dignity of every child. CRI works not only for the realization of the fundamental rights of children, but also to create a nurturing environment for the development of their unique abilities, talents and personalities.
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