- Doctors have lashed out at government for exposing Nana Addo to Swine Flu
- The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) says new health centres must be established at schools
The exposure of President Akufo-Addo to Swine Flu at the Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) has ignited the wrath of doctors in the country.
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA), has described the risky act as "reckless" arguing that the life of the president was severely endangered by the move.
In a crucial press release, the GMA called for strict health security processes anytime the president was proceeding on presidential duties.
It stressed that “due diligence should be done at all times including consultations with all needed professionals in subsequent events of this nature to forestall any future occurrence.”
Meanwhile, doctors are making the case for the immediate establishment of health centres across all schools to facilitate equal access to health.
“We reiterate our previous call to the government for the setting up of at least 2 national infectious disease centres – one in the southern sector, and the other in the northern sector to facilitate prompt diagnosis, service delivery, research and teaching,” the press release indicated.
The deaths of the four students caused panic among parents and guardians, some of whom stormed the school to take their wards home.
A three-day vaccination exercise was conducted for all the school children as well as some of the parents who were said to have been on campus.
Meanwhile, some bereaved parents say their wards never died of Swine Flu. According to them, reports by hospital officials suggest their children never died of Swine Flu virus.
According to a mother of one of the deceased students, Olivia Agyemang, postmortem results indicated that her son died of "severe pneumonia" as another concerned mother revealed her 15-year-old son, Carlos Ofori, died of “multiple extensive peculiar bleeding”.
Another bereaved mother, Aunty Yaa also revealed to the media that her son, Fordjour Ferguson, died of feverishness and thus died later on Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where he died.
Meanwhile, the government, through the vice president, has visited the Kumasi Academy High School.The school, which remains the epicentre of a recent outbreak of Swine Flu, has recorded over 11 deaths just in a year. This development has attracted severe public concern over the spread of the virus beyond the school.
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