KUMACA mystery deaths: Prophylactic drugs administration to students pays off

| Updated Dec 07, 2017 at 5:57pm



Prophylactic drugs administration to students of the Kumasi Academy Senior High School (SHS), appears to have paid off as no student has either died or fallen sick since the exercise started on Tuesday (Dec.5).

A total of 1,142 students together with 104 teaching and non-teaching staff were given the medication on the first day.

Day two of the exercise saw the drugs being administered to 1,634 students alongside 102 teachers and other workers.

This comes as a team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Noguchi Memorial Research Institute struggle to find the cause of recent mysterious deaths in the school.

It is believed to be a bacterial infection but the health experts are yet to determine the type strain.

Four students had so far died under strange circumstances and 44 others fallen sick since last week – something that had created so much anxiety among both parents and students.

Some of those hospitalized at different facilities - KNUST Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and Kumasi South Hospital are reported to have been discharged.

When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the school on Thursday (Dec.7), all was calm with the students and their teachers locked in a prayer session.

The Principal Physician Assistant, Michael Kofi Agyei, overseeing the administration of the drugs said they were yet to start the exercise for the day–waiting for the prayer session to end.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES), GHS and the school’s administration would decide the next line of action after the students had completed the three-day medication.

Indications are that, the school would be closed to allow the experts to carry out thorough investigation – scan the dormitories, classrooms, laboratories and compound to determine the way forward.

It may be recalled that seven students of the school died from meningitis in April, this year (2017).