The Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti region is expected to be closed won following the number of deaths recorded in the school.
Some eight students have died in a case suspected to be meningitis.
This decision to close down the school was taken after a meeting with the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate, the Ghana Education Service, and the school’s Parents and Teacher Association.
Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah said as part of the screening exercise at the school “we will give doses to all the students, teaching staff and non-teaching staff. I am told it is going to be a three-day exercise.”
The screening he explained was necessary to minimize the risk posed by the supposed ‘mysterious’ illness. “Immediately after the exercise, we will close down the school and ask all the students to go home. The reason why we don’t want to close the school now is that, we don’t want a situation whereby if the disease is infectious and some students have already got the infection, they are going to infect their whole family with it. That will be a serious risk” he added.
The school will be closed down on Friday, December 8,2017.