The Child Rights International has called for thorough investigations into the cause of multiple student deaths at the Kumasi Academy (KUMACA).
The Non Governmental Organisation has also urged government for reforms in the country’s health system regarding the Education sector.
The call comes after Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) Students have began receiving antibiotics against possible bacteria infection that has caused the death of seven (7) students and hospitalised at least 44 others.
The cause of death is not yet known, but the Child Rights International believes authorities of Ghana’s health sector should not hesitate to bring on board reforms that will monitor the health conditions of students in all schools across the country.
In an interview with Prince Minkah on the Morning Xpress, the Executive Director of Child Rights, Bright Appiah, bemoaned the quality of health attention given children especially students, whose health has always been centered on “reactive” measures rather than being preventive.
“Doctors should have sporadic visits to check all these. We don’t do all these things but whatever it is, I think the system must pay attention to children especially when it comes to these facilities so that they will be able to monitor the way and manner their health conditions are,” he proffered.
Mr. Appiah stated that these type routine activities that do not exist in most of Ghanaian Schools are bound to cause more health related problems than the country has experienced before.
His comments come at the back of the Ashanti Regional Minister’s displeasure about the sanitation situation at the Kumasi Academy on Tuesday when he visited the school.
Commenting on the solutions to the issue at hand, the child rights activist further entreated parents to take the health of their young ones very seriously to avert similar incidence at the Kumasi Academy.
“We need to comply to basic principles when it comes to health issues. For me, closing the school is also not the solution. The fundamental issue is that, how do we put in the mechanism to ensure that we determine the health condition of our children before they have access to the facility. Beyond that to even determine the condition of the environment of our children to live in. These are some fundamental questions to ask.”
He also advised the Ghana Health Service to make public some investigations they have made in the past regarding such situations to inform their decisions on students’ health related matters.