Alpha Primary student dies from chik-V complications
Another child has died after experiencing chikungunya-like symptoms.
The education ministry has identified the most recent victim as 10-year-old student, Akaliah Anderson of Alpha Primary School in Kingston.
The ministry says Anderson had reported to school for only one day, which was on September 1.
It says after being absent from school for some time, it was reported that her condition had not improved, after which; she was subsequently admitted to hospital.
It was then reported that further complications developed involving a swollen spleen and liver and she died yesterday.
The ministry says a team of counsellors will be providing emotional support to Anderson’s family, students, teachers and administrative staff at the institution.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says this incident brings into sharp focus, the need for school administrators, parents and all citizens to begin the clean-up process in our communities in order to eliminate the spread of the chik-V caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
Anderson’s death brings to six the number of persons in the education system who have died from complications of chik-V.
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