- Government has resolved to close down Kumasi Academy following multiple unexplained deaths
- Ashanti Regional Minister says students and school staff will be screened prior to being asked to go home
- Previous unexplained deaths have been attributed to Meningitis
Government has resolved to temporarily shutdown Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) following multiple unexplained student deaths, the most recent of which occurred on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017.
According to a report by citifmonline.com, The temporary closure is scheduled to take place by Friday, at the latest, and will be preceded by a three-day medical screening exercise. The exercise will see all students, teaching, and non-teaching staff in the school be thoroughly examined.
Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah, was speaking to Citi News after an emergency meeting between himself, The Ghana Education Service, The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate, and Kumasi Academy's Parent Teacher Association.
“We will give doses to all the students, teaching staff and non-teaching staff. I am told it is going to be a three-day exercise.” Said the Ashanti Regional Minister, talking about the screening process.
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According to the Ashanti Regional Minister, the screening process is a necessity due to risks that the deaths may have been caused by an infectious disease. Earlier this year, some mysterious deaths were attributed to meningitis, a disease that is infectious.
Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei Mensah stated immediately after the screening exercise, the school will be closed down and all students will be asked to go home.
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On the other hand, the three-day screening exercise may prove to have little effect, as some concerned parents have already taken their kids home due to the multiple unexplained deaths.
"The reason why we don’t want to close the school now is that, we don’t want a situation whereby if the disease is infectious and some students have already got the infection, they are going to infect their whole family with it. That will be a serious risk,” he explained.
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