KNUST SHS student left to die over COVID-19 fears

KNUST SHS student left to die over COVID-19 fears

- KNUST SHS students protested against the school authorities following the death of a colleague

- The students are accusing the school authorities of neglecting their sick colleague who eventually passed away

- The students, out of anger, demonstrated to register their displeasure with the school authorities

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A male student from KNUST Senior High School has died. His death sparked protests on campus by his fellow students on Tuesday night, 7 July.

Armed police officers were later called in to restore order.

The exact circumstances of his death are unclear, but reports say he had suffered stomach complications on Monday and was left to his fate for hours in the care of his fellow pupils amid COVID-19 fears.

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Footage widely shared on social media captures the yet-to-be-identified student surrounded by his colleagues as he writhes in pain.

He was rushed to an undisclosed health facility but was later pronounced dead by medics, Kumasi-based Luv FM reported.

Students who got wind of the death of the business student started rioting on campus as they destroyed the windscreen of a saloon car belonging to the headmistress of the school.

We were demonstrating because yesterday one of our mates was sick and he was left to his fate to survive on his own because of the fear of coronavirus. Nobody attended to him.

He was ill, he wasn’t showing any signs since the morning but later, in the afternoon around 3pm, he started vomiting because he had some stomach aches,” one student told Luv FM.

Then we rushed him to the classroom blocks, but it seems the teachers were only waiting for his parents to come so that they could take him to the hospital. He was there for close to three hours before his dad came to pick him up,” one of the students recounted.

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According to the students, had the school’s authorities acted fast, the boy’s life could have been saved.

School authorities are yet to comment on the matter. earlier reported that students at Accra Girls Senior High School have launched a protest to go home after six of their fellow students have been confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a video sighted by on the official Facebook handle of GHOne TV, the students are all dressed in uniforms and gathered in and around the school blocks shouting at the top of their voices, "We'll go home".

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