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General News of Thursday, 7 December 2017


No more deaths at KUMACA; Health Director assures

The Ghana Health Service has assured no further death at Kumasi Academy as students undergo Azithromycin, a broad spectrum antibiotics medication.

Regional Health Director, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang says every student at Kumasi Academy will survive the attack of a suspected bacterial infection which has claimed lives of at least eleven students.

Over 40 students have been affected, with nineteen currently on admission at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Hospital and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

The assurance comes as students and teachers undergo antibiotics medication supplied by the World Health Organization.

They are expected to complete the 3-dose medication they started on Tuesday on Thursday.

Nineteen students, 16 on admission at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Hospital and three at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital are said to be responding to treatment.

Their high body temperatures are said to have normalised after taking Azithromycin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

With these actions taken, Ashanti Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang is full of hope that no student will die again at Kumasi Academy.

"Every child will survive in this school. No child will die. I must assure you. Once you take the treatment, there would be no problem. Everybody will survive," he assured.

Dr. Tenkorang was speaking on Tuesday during a meeting with parents, students and teachers of KUMACA to begin the antibiotic medication.

The Ministry of Education announced the school will be closed down to enable health officials to carry thorough investigations and surveillance in the school.