Exam phobia likely cause of St. Martins students’ collapse – Doctor

General News of Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Source: citifmonline.com


More than 20 students reportedly collapsed in the school

There is a suggestion that the collapse of some 20 students of St. Martin’s Senior High School at Nsawam in the Eastern Region, could be attributed to panic attacks and not the onset of an outbreak of some disease.

The Medical Superintendent of the Nsawam Government Hospital, Dr. Kofi Ablorh, said this would not be out of the ordinary for St. Martins in particular.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, he said these incidents occur every year when examination is approaching.

“We’ve seen a special trend with, especially St. Martins. Normally when they are about to start their exams, some of them are found in this condition.

We think that exam phobia, something of that sort, but then there is nothing medically about this. It is the normal trend, especially with St. Martins. It is something that we have been seeing every year.”

Ahead of exams, some students become extremely worried and make plans about how to study, how to perform better and get good grades. Some students find exams so difficult that the phobia makes them sick as they simply find themselves unable to cope up with the exam fear.

Following the outbreak of influenza Type 1 at the Kumasi Academy, many feared students in the school might be experiencing same, but health officials in the region have denied any viral infection.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, the Medical Superintendent of Nsawam Government Hospital, Dr. Kofi Ablorh, indicated that the hospital’s investigations had shown that the reported cases were “nothing serious.”

Narrating circumstances that led to students being rushed to the facility, Mr. Ablorh said: “Yesterday [Sunday], in the evening up to this morning [Monday], we have had about 20 students from the St. Martin’s Senior High School.

Most of them, about 18 of them came complaining of heartaches and some of them were reported to have collapsed. In fact, we did all investigations and we realized that there was nothing serious.

All their vital organs were working. Everything was fine and within few minutes they were discharged. Yesterday [Monday], we had ten of them and this morning [Monday], we had ten.”

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