Return to school for screening -Kumaca PTA to runaway students

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the Kumaca Academy Senior High School is calling on runaway students following series of deaths recorded in the school to return for screening and vaccination.

A team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Ghana and officials of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) have been stationed at the school to vaccinate all students.

The vaccination and screening started on Tuesday.

About ten students who were struck by a strange disease suspected to be meningitis have died within the week.

The students who complained of fever died after being rushed to the hospital.

Currently, about 24 students are on admissions in the various hospitals in the Kumasi metropolis.

Frightened parents who were scared to lose their children through the disease thronged the school to withdraw their children on Tuesday without the consent of the school’s authorities.

Some were able to take their children home whiles others were prevented by school authorities.

The security men at post locked the main gate preventing parents from accessing the school to withdraw their children.

But the school’s PTA is appealing to parents to return their children to the school for proper screening and vaccination to avert possible spread of the disease by the children in the homes and communities they live.

The PTA believes the runaway students can return to their various homes after they have been cleared of the suspected meningitis.

Officials of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) have allayed fears that the death is caused by meningitis saying the sick students have been tested negative for meningitis.

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei Mensah has stated that the Kumaca death is a major security threat which needs to be handled tactfully calling on parents to remain calm.

As at the time of filing this report on Wednesday, some parents were stationed at the school’s gate attempting to withdraw their children- defying instructions not to do so.

By: Ghana/