KUMACA to be closed down

The Education Ministry has indicated it will close down Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti region after an outbreak of a strange disease left four students dead and over 18 others hospitalised within a week.

Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Secondary and Vocational education, Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum was emphatic that “we are going to close down the school. It’s going to happen but we want to protect them [students] first before we do.”

A medication programme on Wednesday has covered over 1,000 students in a 3-dose antibiotic to deal with the suspected bacterial infection.

Regional Health Director, Dr  Emmanuel Tenkorang says the 19 students hospitalised have been responding to treatment after they were treated with Azithromycin, a broad spectrum antibiotic.

Panic and pandemonium broke out after parents besieged the school Tuesday to demand the release of their wards.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu who was summoned to answer questions in parliament said the Ministry does not recommend the closure of the school.

Health officials explained that releasing students back into communities could lead to a much larger outbreak of the strange disease.

But the deputy Education Minister after a closed-door meeting with the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah and health officials said a closure is imminent.

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