A team from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) that is currently at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School on a three day vaccination exercise, has dispelled claims that the cause of multiple deaths at the school is as a result of meningitis.
Speaking to a section of Media, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang, ruled out Meningitis as the cause of the students deaths.
“We have done all the tests for meningitis. They are negative, so it shows that the condition is not meningitis,” he clarified, adding they suspect there was a sort of atypical bacterial infection.
“From the pathologist report, we believe there was an infection and most probably, it is a bacterial infection, and because of the fatalities, it is one of the atypical bacteria that we are dealing with,” he added.
The Ghana Health Service team is being partnered with a medical team from the World Health Organization(WHO) to screen and treat students and staff of the school. The health team is also expected to investigate the possible causes of the deaths.
“. . .We will do an intensive survey in the school. We will scan the entire environment, we will investigate the kitchen, investigate every staff and the environment to see if there is any infection hiding somewhere that is causing this problem,” Dr Tenkorang assured.
Closure of School
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah has hinted of a possible closure of the school on Friday, December 8,2017.
This is against earlier assertions by the GES PRO Rev. Jonathan Bettey on Morning Xpress that there was no need for the closure of the school.
In barely a week, four (4)students of the school have died under bizarre circumstances with the latest on Tuesday, December, 5,2017, as a female student also died.
In an interview with the media, the Regional Minister also assured parents that efforts are in place to arrest the situation hence they should comply with the directives of the GHS to allow their wards to be in the school for the screening and monitoring.
He also revealed that after the closure of the school on Friday, health officials will investigate the cause of the crises in the school.
This was after scores of parents besieged the premises of the school to ‘forcibly’ take their wards home following the latest death.
Calm has, however, been restored after security personnel were called in to control the situation.
Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com/Jonathan Ofori