Another student of Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) has died on Tuesday morning (December 5, 2017).
This brings the number of deceased students to 8 since the beginning of 2017.
A first-year General Arts student of the school, Fodjour Furgerson Livingstone, died at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) on Saturday (December 2, 2017).
His death came after he was initially admitted to the Tafo Government hospital when he complained of fever.
The family of the 17-year old student has accused school authorities of negligence. According to the bereaved family, the authorities prioritised the activities to mark the school’s 60th anniversary over giving proper care to students who fell sick.
According to the family, the deceased contracted the disease when he voluntarily took a colleague with a suspected case of meningitis to the hospital. He is believed to have died from meningitis.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Chief Executive of Asokore Mampong, Alhaji Alidu Seidu, has said that the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research will present a report on the cause of deaths on Wednesday.
Four students died earlier this year, whilst three died just last week, prompting parents to raise concern about the safety of their wards in the school.
Some parents have reported to the school, demanding to take their wards home over the mysterious deaths.
Police officers have been deployed to the Kumasi Academy to maintain order after parents trooped to the school to pick up their wards.
The angry parents were not allowed to enter the school causing them to force their way through. Those who were successful have taken their children away.
The atmosphere is tense as parents are still trooping in to take their children away.
In a related development, 6 students have so far been discharged from the KNUST hospital, while 18 others are still on admission.