KUMACA deaths: Gov't releases GHC100k for public health interventions

KUMACA deaths: Gov't releases GHC100k for public health interventions

-The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has announced the release of GHC100,000 over the deaths of students at Kumasi Academy

-The amount, he explained, was to be used for the initial public health interventions against the outbreak

-Over a dozen students have died because of a yet to be identified disease since April

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Government has released about GHC100,000 for the initial public health interventions against the outbreak at the Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) which has killed over a dozen students since the start of 2017, Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has disclosed.


Parents stormed the school to take their wards away

The interventions, according to him, were to find out the actual cause of the outbreak and also curtail any spill overs that may arise out of it.

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He made the disclosure when he appeared in Parliament on Wednesday to brief the house on the situation in the school so far.

Among the interventions, the Health Minister pointed out, was the intensification of surveillance and the record review of the Out Patient Department (OPD) register at the school.

Also the team handling the situation has embarked on follow up visits on cases to the KNUST and Komfo Anokye Teaching hospitals in orde to develop a list of suspected cases.

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Mr Agyeman-Manu denied reports that the deaths were being caused by a strange disease saying all tests have so far been inconclusive and that further samples had been sent to the Nogouchi laboratory for extra examination.

“Currently no definite laboratory confirmation has been done as to the cause of the outbreak,” he said.

KUMACA has been thrown into a state of fear and panic following the deaths of six students since last week Friday.

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Apart from the deaths, 23 students, with symptons of the unknown disease, were still on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital, KNUST, Kumasi South and Manhyia hospitals while 19 had been treated and discharged as at Wednesday.

This, coming against the background that seven other students have died under similar circumstances since April, many parents stormed the school to take gheir wards home.

But health authorities have cautioned against any such move and recommended that the students be contained and given the best medical care possible in order to avoid a spread of the unknown disease.

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