Daboase SHS food poisoning, samples for test

Samples of the food and water, suspected to have caused diarrhoea among the students of Daboase Technical Senior High School have been sent for laboratory test.

The samples of water, rice, gari and beans, which the students took as lunch and supper respectively, had been sent to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital laboratory for testing and preliminary diagnostic report is expected soon.

The Wassa East District Director of Health, Madam Priscilla Amoah, told the Ghana News Agency, over the weekend, that about 40 students were admitted at the Alhamadiyya Hospital at Daboase on Thursday January 30, for experiencing abdominal pains and vomiting.

Madam Amoah said out of 40 students, 39 had been treated and discharged while one student is in a stable condition, and that, the situation is under control.

However, she said, some residents of Daboase and surrounding communities in the Wassa East also came to the hospital with similar complications and were being treated.

The District Health Director noted that since the suspected diarrhoea affected other residents outside the school environment, the District Directorate was looking at the complication in a broader perspective.

She indicated that the district health workers had embarked on an educational drive in schools and other public places to sensitise food vendors and school pupils on proper hygiene and sanitation practices.