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KUMACA deaths, WHO steps in

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Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang –Manu has disclosed that the Ministry has requested for technical support from the World Health Organisation to help unravel the mysterious deaths among students in Kumasi Academy.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang –Manu has disclosed that the Ministry has requested for technical support from the World Health Organisation to help unravel the mysterious deaths among students in Kumasi Academy.

 

“"The good news is that we have engaged with the World Health Organization and they have also sent  a Technical Team to support Ghanaian colleagues who are on the field at the moment," the minister said.

Four students have passed away  and about 18 others are currently in a hospital  to undergo tests.

Briefing Parliament, the health Minister said blood samples and Cerebra Spinal Fluids have been taken and sent to Noguchi for further checks to be done.

He stated emphatically that currently no definite laboratory confirmation has been done as to the cause of the outbreak.

The Minister said this yesterday when he appeared before Parliament to brief the House on the situation.

He was summoned to the August House upon the application of the Member of Parliament for Asawase, Muntaka Mohammed-Mubarak,  MP for the area where the school is located.

Mr Agyemang-Manu indicated that 46 cases have so far been referred to the various health facilities.

The Minister stressed that Technical and Logistics support and an amount of GHC100,000 have been provided to help curb the situation.

Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu called on the Health Minister to declare KUMACA a Public Health Emergency Zone.

He expressed worry at the delay in which the government is taking to find the cause of the situation.