The Kumasi Academy may be closed down on Thursday, December 07, 2017 as authorities make frantic efforts to ascertain the cause of strange deaths in the school.
A ‘mysterious’ illness has led to the death of four students – three boys and a girl – causing panic among parents and residents around the school’s environs.
Some 18 other students are on admission, while six have been treated and discharged.
The female student who died yesterday is reported to have had a high body temperature and died after she was rushed to the hopital.Luv News’ Ohemeng Tawiah has been following developments in the school and reports that the Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah has said “it is likely that the school may be closed down on Thursday.”
This will be after all the students have been screened and treated.
A number of students who left the school returned this morning to take part in the screening and treatment.They will, however, return to their various homes after school closes today and not return tomorrow, that is if the school indeed closes down.Already, most of the students have taken a Broad Spectrum Antibiotics being administered by health authorities.They suspect the cause of the deaths is a bacterial infection and they believe the antibiotics being administered will weaken it.
Although the specific illness is still not known, health authorities expect each student to take the antibiotic before they go home to prevent the spread of the disease in case it is contagious.
Tests are still being run and health authorities are hopeful that they will soon arrive at the real cause of the situation.
Ohemeng said the panic-stricken parents are cooperating with school and health authorities although they say there has been a lack of transparency on the issue.
The recent deaths bring the total number of deaths in the school since March this year when the ‘mysterious’ illness broke to 11.
Meanwhile, medical officers at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital have said after an autopsy that the disease may be the first of its kind in Ghana.
Senior Pathologist, Dr Osei Sampene said doctors are unable to name the disease based on the symptoms they have seen.