The Member of Parliament for Damongo Constituency in the Northern Region has attributed the mysterious deaths at Kumasi Academy Senior High School (KUMACA) to overcrowding as a result of the Free Senior High School policy introduced by the government.
Mutawakilu Adam believes that the number of students in the school has increased and hence there is a spread of illnesses which eventually leads to death.
Eight students have died so far in the school. Four died earlier this year, whilst the other four died in just one week.
This has left parents worried. The parents have called on the school authorities to allow them to take their children back home or hold intensified prayers as they suspect the happenings could have spiritual undertones.
Health officials in the Ashanti Region have ruled out Meningitis as the cause of the recent deaths at the school. The officials, however, suspect a bacterial infection in the school.
Speaking on the issue on TV3’s New Day on Wednesday, the MP for Damongo said: “The overcrowding [in the school] might have caused the deaths”.
“It is an epidemic and it is a cause for worry and by now, the Ghana Health Service should have set up an emergency unit in the school. We needed to have an emergency unit there for quick response.”
He added: “In the state of panic and fear…you don’t know whether it is as a result of congestion. So it is good parents went in to take their wards. If you have your ward under your care, you can take him to any proper hospital for treatments”.
The NDC MP believes that the situation will have a “psychological effect” on both parents and students.