GHANA HEALTH SERVICE LAUNCHES PROBE INTO DEATH ONE FOUR STUDENTS IN ONE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN A WEEK

KUMASI, A team of medical experts from the Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has launched a full-scale investigation into the mysterious deaths of students at Kumasi Academy Senior High School in Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti Region (Province) and the country’s second largest city.

Four students have so far died under strange circumstances since last week, with the last of these deaths occurring on Tuesday, says Simon Osei-Mensah, the Ashanti Region Minister, whp held an emergency meeting of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) with the GHS and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to discuss a contingency plan to deal with the situation, which is fuelling public anxiety.

Many parents are increasingly getting anxious with reports that some of them are rushing to take their children home.

Osei-Mensah, however, urged everybody to remain calm as the authorities are doing everything possible to bring things under control.

The students, teachers and non-teaching staff are being screened as preventive measures are put in place to stop whatever disease had struck the school from spreading.

Dr. Alberta Nyarko of the Metropolitan Health Directorate, said apart from the four deaths, 39 other students of the school, had shown signs of fever. Those students, she added, had been admitted to various health facilities for observation and treatment.

She called for the public to stop speculating about the cause of the deaths as the authorities had yet to identify the cause of the deaths. She indicated that blood samples of the deceased students had been collected and sent to the Noguchi Memorial Research Institute for further investigation.

This is the second time within a space of about seven months that the school has been hit by mysterious deaths.

Meningitis was blamed for the earlier deaths which happened in May.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

   

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