The students of St. Martins Senior High School who were rushed to hospital between Sunday and Monday after collapsing on campus were suffering from malaria and anaemia, authorities have revealed.
According to the school’s Assistant Headmaster in charge of Academics, J.A.K Okpantey, medical reports they got on the various cases suggest that while 17 of the students were suffering from malaria, the others had anaemia.
There had been cause for concern when reports of the students’ collapse emerged late Monday afternoon.
Coming after the recent loss of students’ life at Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) and Koforidua Secondary Technical School to swine flu and meningitis respectively, many had feared a similar outbreak.
But speaking in an interview with Accra-based Starr FM, Mr Okpantey said there was no cause for alarm and that 14 out of the 17 students rushed to the hospital have been treated and discharged while three were still on admission at the Nsawam Government Hospital and a Private Clinic.
“The Doctor told us it is a mere malaria, those three cases they talk of anaemia. Three of them are still at the hospital two of them at the government hospital then another case in a private hospital”, he said.
Explaining the situation as it happened, he said, “It started yesterday [Sunday] in the evening around Prep time, three of our girls were not feeling fine so their dormitory members informed us so we sent them to the hospital by 8pm. We had another 4 cases making 7, one was admitted yesterday but the rest were treated and discharged”.
“This morning too we had another case, about 10 of them and they were also treated and discharged but three of them diagnosed of anaemia are at the hospital as we speak”, he added.
He assured that the situation had been brought under control and pleaded with parents not rush to the school to take away their wards out of panic.