KUMACA deaths: Parents asked to return wards to school

| Updated Dec 07, 2017 at 11:06am



The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah says closing down Kumasi Academy, KUMACA is being considered as an option to allow for a comprehensive evaluation of the current situation.

This is to determine the actual cause of deaths of at least four students, and also find a lasting solution to the prevailing problem.

Mr Osei Mensah was addressing the media in Kumasi yesterday, after meeting with the Ashanti Regional Director and Regional Directors of Education and Health, on the crisis.

He appealed to parents and guardians whose wards are in KUMACA to leave their children in the school, for them to be vaccinated against what is being suspected to be a bacterial infection.

A Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adu-Twum assured the public that steps are being taken by the sector Ministry, the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service and the Regional Coordinating Council, to guarantee the health and safety of the students.

He urged parents to ensure that their wards avail themselves of medications currently being administered.

The Regional Director of Health, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang said bacterial infection is suspected, after laboratory examinations ruled out meningitis as the cause of the unexplained deaths among the students.

He said medical investigations are still ongoing and the students are being administered with antibiotics to prevent further spread of infection.