The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, has said that he is unimpressed by the poor ventilation at some dormitories of the Kumasi Academy (KUMACA).

His comments come after he toured the dormitories and other facilities in the school as the health workers seek to find what infection may have killed four students in the school in just a week.

Osei Mensah after his tour said: “If you realized, ventilation is quite poor; we have so many people, the windows are small and there are no fans so you could tell the room is very hot…If there is any contagious disease or you have any disease that is infectious, it could affect people very fast so we need to do something about the dormitories.”

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The Minister also said he was not happy with the paintings of the interior of the dormitories. He also raised concerns about the nature of the mattresses and directed school authorities to ensure they are fumigated.

8 students have died so far in the school. 4 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.

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Speaking to journalists, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, said “we have done all the tests for meningitis. They are negative, so it shows that the condition is not meningitis.”

Some of the parents stormed the school on Tuesday morning and took their wards home despite the fact that they are about to start examinations next week.

The students and all staff and non-teaching staff, are also expected to be screened before the closure of the school on Friday, December 8.