The Upper East region has lost a third final-year student in a week in a suspected meningitis attack at the Zuarungu Senior High School (ZUSHS).
Pretty-looking Rukaya Ibrahimah, a General Arts student, died Sunday aged 19 years inside an isolation room (also called the “darkroom”) at the Upper East Regional Hospital.
Five more students from the same school are also said to be on admission at the hospital for showing signs of the disease, with three of them in critical condition.
Dr. Patrick Atobrah, Medical Director at the hospital, confirmed the tragedy after Starr News had visited the facility to interact with Rukaya’s worried-looking relations and friends of she before she passed on.
“We were in the school last Friday when she started complaining about her head and neck. We came and they (the regional hospital) gave her some malaria drugs which were expired when we checked. Yesterday, I was in school when they called me that she had been admitted,” a close friend to the deceased, Munira Karim, told Starr News.
Nurses who attended to the student in the “darkroom” said she showed signs of meningitis. Speaking to Starr News Sunday afternoon, Dr. Atobrah said some samples of blood drawn from her body whilst still alive were being examined to establish the cause of death.
Rukaya’s elder brother, Laminu, lamented: “They told us it was a suspected case of meningitis. What pains us is that she was brought here yesterday. They couldn’t do the test. I stood for hours. Saliva in form of foam was coming out from her mouth and nose, like when you apply soap on water. They were pumping it out. I ran inside the ward. I don’t know whether I flew or jumped. I believe the test should have been done yesterday, not today.”
Her father, who arrived from the Bawku West District this morning after receiving a word that his daughter had been taken ill, was too distraught to speak as a mortuary attendant wheeled the corpse slowly away to the morgue.
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A wave of meningitis attack in the region left two final-year students dead only last week at the Bawku Senior High Technical School and the Tempane Senior High School with several students hospitalised at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital.