General News of Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Students of Kumasi Academy are being administered antibiotics as part of measures to stop the spread of a mysterious bacterial infection that has so far killed at least eight of them dead.
About 1,500 students have so far been given the medication. The Ministry of Education has, therefore, urged parents to return their students to school so they can be administered the medication.
Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, told the media on Wednesday, 6 December that: “We are giving the dose to the students and the staff. For the meantime, we have 19 on admission, 16 at the KNUST hospital and three at the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital.
“There have not been any reported deaths. We have a total of 44 cases. All of them are alive and responding to treatment. We started with the antibiotics, and they are all responding to treatment. When we gave them the antibiotics, we realised that their temperature began to settle and they started doing well. That is the same reason why we decided to do the mass drug administration so that in terms of those who are having the infection, we cut the transmission immediately,” he added.
Dr Adutwum also said blood samples have been sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research of the University of Ghana, as well as the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, to ascertain the nature of the bacteria.
“The next thing we will do is to continue with investigations. The lab investigations are ongoing. On Tuesday night we took some blood samples to Noguchi, and we have also taken some to Korle Bu. We believe that all the results when put together, we can lay our hands on the specific organism that is causing the problem, and from there we could have a very clear way forward,” Dr. Adutwum added.