The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is expected to vaccinate students of Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) in the Ashanti Region after three died from alleged meningitis last week.
This response comes after three students in the Kumasi Academy died with a 72 hours.
Two of the students – both males in the first-year – passed on at different occasions on Thursday, having been rushed to the hospital over high temperature.
The third student died Friday evening after he had reportedly left the school compound for the house to seek medical treatment.
Ghana Health Service Director of Public Health, Dr. Badu Sarkodie in an interview told an Accra based radio station on Monday that the Ghana Health Service is awaiting the autopsy reports to establish the cause of death.
“There are several types of meningitis and it will be difficult for the Ghana Health Service to carry out the vaccination exercise when the cause of death is not yet clear.” He explained
The tragic incidents bring to six the number of students who have died this year in the school.
But school authorities have been tight-lipped on the recent deaths.
According to Dr. Sarkodie, the report will help the vaccination team to “be very specific” in the course of the exercise by using the right vaccine.
Meanwhile, he has asked the school to come out with an interim “specific operative procedures and guidelines” to avoid the spread of meningitis.
He advised that discussions must also be held with students in the morning regarding their conduct in school.
But the new guidelines must be communicated in “such a way that it will not create panic among the students,” Dr Sarkodie cautioned.
Parents and guardians have expressed worry over the development, with others threatening to withdraw their wards from the school.
Source: Maryan Abena Oteng/hbtvghana.com