At least 30 students of the Government High School in Bepanda are on a recovery path after going unconscious following a heavy thunderstorm on Friday.
There was total confusion in the Bepanda neighbourhood in Douala V municipality as parents rushed to school to collect their children on Friday morning after being alerted of the scene.
The heavy downpour in the city of Douala that morning had brought with it thunder strikes leaving at least 20 students unconscious, most of whom were girls.
According to eyewitness reports, the thunder strike led to a short circuit in two of the buildings which led to light fire in the building sending most of the students into panic.
The affected students were immediately rushed to the Presbyterian Health Centre in Bepanda where they have been receiving treatment.
“We put them (the students) under serious medical care immediately they were brought here,” the head of the health centre Dr. Chouamo Andre said.
At least 10 of the students were later diagnosed with asthma which most probably must have caused them to succumb to the thunder strikes, Dr. Chouamo added.
“We discovered that many of them had developed an epileptic shock and some of them were asmathic,” he said.
48 hours after the incident, most of the students were in stable condition while some had been discharged but doctors said they will continue to be monitored for at least two weeks to ensure full recovery.
By Francis Ajumane