‘Collapse of SHS students a major health crisis’ – Coalition of NGOs in Health

‘Collapse of SHS students a major health crisis’ – Coalition of NGOs in Health
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com |
Date: 13-12-2017 Time: 03:12:05:pm

A coalition of non-governmental organizations has asked the Ghana Health Service to roll out a major campaign to educate the public about the health crisis in the country.

The Coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Health says recent incidents of students collapsing on campus signal a looming health crisis that has to be addressed swiftly to avoid more casualties.

Coalition President, Gabriel Benarkuu told Joy News Wednesday, the public is in danger because of the outbreak of meningitis in some senior high schools.

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“We are in a crisis in terms of public health understanding [because] once there is an incident of different type of disease that means there could be a multiplier effect,” he said.

There have been six deaths in some SHSs with the recent being first year Home Economics student of Damongo SHS who reportedly died of meningitis.

At least four students of Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) have died from what has been confirmed as Influenza Type A (H1N1) known as swine flu.

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Also, more than 20 students of the St Martins SHS at Nsawam were rushed to a hospital Tuesday after they reportedly collapsed on campus.

The Ghana Health Service and Health Ministry have said they have the situation under control.

But the Coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Health has asked for the activation of public health education across the country.

“The Ghana Health Service should roll out their emergency education package to ensure that all the surveillance teams are properly activated,” Mr Benarkuu said.

He believes enough has not been done to address the issue since the start of the health crisis.