Summon Education and Health Ministers over student deaths- MP's

By Maame Aba Afful

Members of Parliament have demanded that the Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Mensah be summoned before Parliament over the recent deaths of students.

Seven senior high school students have died from various conditions including Meningitis and H1N1 from schools in the Ashanti, Eastern, Upper East and Northern regions.

The Ghana Health Service announced it is undertaking various response actions to prevent further spread of the diseases. Despite this, the MP’s are pushing for more answers from the Ministers concerning the deaths.

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa raised the issue before parliament on Friday, December 15, 2017, while hilighting all the schools which were affected by the outbreaks.

The Parliamentarians believe there is a situation of ‘health scare’ that calls for both Ministers to be summoned before parliament with urgency. Okudzeto recounted how the health minister appeared before Parliament some days ago to respond to the cases of deaths at the Kumasi Academy. He however added that the situation has now gone beyond that and as such poses serious threats to lives.

Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu also joined the train, saying, “This is a situation that requires that members of Parliament are updated and assurance is given of a plan to salvage the crisis. It is important the ministers appear before the house for us to deliberate on the measures to take before it is too late”.

Four students have died, with several others hospitalized at the Kumasi Academy due to an outbreak of the H1N1 influenza. There are also recorded cases of meningitis at the Damango SHS, Tempene SHS, Bawku Senior High Technical School and Koforidua Secondary Technical School.

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