KUMACA deaths: Noguchi report due today -GHS

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The Ghana Health Service says it will come out with the actual cause of deaths at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School by close of day.

5 students have so far been confirmed dead after the outbreak of a strange illness at the school forcing parents to rush to the facility to take their wards home.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, who visited the school Wednesday morning expressed displeasure about the poor ventilation at some dormitories.

He also raised concerns about the nature of the mattresses used by the students directing the school authorities to ensure they are fumigated.

All students, teaching and non teaching staff are being vaccinated.

Director in charge of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie, told host of the Gold Power Drive, Samuel Eshun, though meningitis has been ruled out as a possible cause of the deaths, his outfit will conclude its medical investigations by close of day.

The Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, is currently on the campuses of the school to assess the situation.

For his part, the Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Health, Robert Cudjoe, told Samuel Eshun the Ministry is working to contain the situation urging parents to refrain from sending their wards home.

“The latest regarding the Kumasi Academy medical situation is that everything is being done possible to ensure that the issue is contained. The symptoms show that they complain of fever and headache and they would be rushed to the hospital. We have sent some samples of blood to Noguchi and we are awaiting the report.”

“From day one we cautioned, advised, pleaded with parents not to rush in taking their wards home…because the situation is being contained, medical doctors are always available, they are being screened, they are being given antibiotics. We have been visiting their kitchen, dormitories, their surroundings to see whether there is the possibility of probably some kind of sanitation issue,” he said.

He confirmed that blood samples sent to the Noguchi Memorial Research Institute to ascertain the cause of deaths will be ready on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Health, Kweku Agyemang Manu who briefed parliament about the situation appealed to parents to ensure their wards are vaccinated before taking them home.

By: Nancy Obimpeh/Radiogold905.com

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