HEPMAL organises inter-junior high schools Hepatitis quiz competition

The ultimate quiz winners with Prof. Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, Director of NMIMR

Following the positive feedback received from the Hepatitis screening activity organised in celebration of World Hepatitis Day 2021, the EDCTP2–funded HEPMAL project hosted by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana, collaborated with Pan-African Health Advocacy Centre and the Ghana Education Service to organise an Inter-Junior High Schools Hepatitis Quiz competition for 29 junior high schools from 23 June to 21 July 2022. The objective was to teach students about the causes, signs and symptoms, management and prevention of viral hepatitis and for them to be ambassadors of the condition in order to create community awareness.

The quiz was conducted in two stages.

Stage 1

A total of 29 public and private schools from four selected circuits within the La- Nkwantanang/Madina Municipality based on the Ghana Education Service’s zoning structure were involved in the event. The quiz was conducted at all four selected circuits from 23 June to 15 July 2022 and the winning school from each of the four circuits was selected for stage 2 of the competition. Three students each represented their respective schools, making a total of 87 students for this first stage of the health quiz.

Stage 2

This stage was the final contest between the four winning schools out of the 29 schools that took part in the quiz. It was held on 21 July 2022 at the main conference hall of Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana. After four rounds of competition, students from the PRESEC Basic ‘3’ School won the final contest with 69.5 points. In attendance at this final contest were supporters from the various contesting schools, science teachers from most of the original 29 competing schools, officials of the Ghana Education Service as well as the staff of NMIMR, including the Director, Prof. Dorothy Yeboah-Manu. All four finalist schools received various awards including cash prizes and certificates of participation while the winning school received a trophy in addition.