- The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare says it is unnecessary for the government to close down KUMACA
- He said drugs are being administered to the students
- He stated that government should rather focus on preventing a reoccurrence of the situation than closing down the school
The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah- Asare, has ruled out the closure of KUMACA.
His comments come as sharp contrast of earlier reports by the Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum that the school would be closed down.
The Deputy Education Minister stressed that the school would still be closed down even after drugs have been administered to the students.
However, the GHS Director General believes that is not the best option.
He said in an interview on Joy FM that closing down the school should be the least option on the mind of the government.
According to him, focus should rather be on containing the situation and seeking the best solution to it; in order than there is no reoccurrence.
He maintained that health officials were at work looking into the cause of death at KUMACA.
Dr. Nsiah-Asare added that the health officials would also meet with the parents of KUMACA students to update them on the situation.
This, the GHS Director-General said would help reduce anxiety, fear and panic amongst parents, students and Ghanaians at large.
KUMACA, a senior high school in the Kumasi Metropolis has been hit by death in the past few weeks.
So far, thirteen students have lost their lives and over forty others on admission at various health centres in Kumasi.
The situation has so far been blamed on an influenza virus.
In attempts to put the situation under control and remedy it, the Ministry of Health together with the GHS have employed some emergency measures to arrest the crisis.
According to the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, the emergency measures are to ensure that the situation is managed effectively while the disease transmission is stopped.
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