Disease outbreak: Massive exercise to disinfect KUMACA underway

Source: Ohemeng Tawiah | Nhyira FM
Date: 20th-december-2017 Time:  11:28:14 pm

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A comprehensive disinfection and decontamination exercise to rid Kumasi Academy of viruses and bacterial infection is underway.

The two-week exercise which started last week has already seen classrooms, dormitories, assembly and dining halls as well as bathrooms of the school disinfected.

The exercise is meant to prevent the spread of pathogens and other bacteria responsible for the outbreak of epidemics.

Pathos AIB Limited, manufacturers of environmentally friendly green sanitizers and hospital grade disinfectants in collaboration with the Ministry of Health have been using modern methods to disinfect the school.

It followed an earlier assessment of the sanitation situation at the school following the outbreak of H1N1 in the school.

An outbreak of  H1N1 influenza claimed lives of four students and over 50  others hospitalized.

Officials say the use of modern disinfection methods such as misting and fogging as well as natural hospital grade disinfectants could prevent bacterial and pathogens from spreading the disease.

"One of our products which we are using here  for this outbreak is Medicare. It is natural hospital grade disinfectant which has been certified by the Food and Drugs authority. Noguchi has done extensive research on it. You can talk about the Accra Veterinary lab to be effective dealing with Bird Flu and even Swine Flu. Our product goes to the extent of dealing with H1N1," said Managing Director of Pathos AIB Limited, Felix Danso.

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According to Mr. Danso, the use of clinically-proven and natural products comes with no side effects to teachers and students on campus because they contain no harmful elements.

"That's how natural our product is. You can even disinfect whilst the students are there unlike other products that are clearly written corrosive, toxic; ours is natural as natural as it can be used on the presence of a baby without any adverse effect but yet deal with the pathogen," said.

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All 11 students who were on admission at KNUST,  Manhyia and  Kumasi South Hospitals, as well as the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, have all been discharged for the ongoing exams.

officials of Pathos AIB will recommend to the Ministry of Health for an improved sanitation condition which they say is problematic.

According to Mr. Danso, poor sanitation in the school serves as breeding ground for pathogens and other organisms that transmit diseases.

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"They have good structures but I would say they have poor sanitation practice because pathogens breed under very dirty environments.  And especially the location of the washrooms and where the children sleep. It is very problematic.

"We noticed in one of the classrooms, they have their washrooms, their toiletries at the same structure at where they sleep so, in case of an outbreak,  you could see that they are vulnerable to it," he revealed.

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