Revealed: Meningitis Killed 4 KUMACA Students

    /    Apr 5, 2017   /     Ashanti, Health, NewsBreak  /    0 Comments  /    650 Views

Health officials in the Ashanti Region have revealed that the cause of deaths of four students at the Kumasi Academy is meningitis.

At a press conference organised earlier today  the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah confirmed the report from the health officials in the region and also disclosed measures put in place to mitigate the situation.

“Four deaths occurred in Kumasi Academy SHS due to Meningitis. Appropriate interventions have been put in place to early detect cases and respond as early as possible to achieve good outcomes.” He said.

Touching on some of the signs of the disease, the minister said any person who has fever or headache as well as “neck pains, neck stiffness, convulsion, confusion, Bulging Anterior fontanelle, vomiting” etc must immediately seek medical help.

He advised that over crowding must be avoided, ventilation must be improved, and he urged students and the general public to report early to the hospital if any of the aforementioned signs are detected.

Brief Background

Over 100 parents stormed the School Friday evening on the call of their wards following the death of three students in 15 days while students demonstrated that same evening to seek answers from authorities on the mysterious deaths.

The incident forced some parents to take their wards home without authorities consent for the panic and shock that met them following the unfortunate incidents.

However the death toll rose to four following the death of a form one Science student of the school whose parent on Monday informed school authorities of his death.

Way forward

Officials have stepped up surveillance at various Senior High Schools in the region to prevent further outbreak.

Senior High Schools have been designated to each health facility in the region to report suspected cases.

Suraya Alidu Malititi | kapital971.com

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