KUMACA Death Nana Addo exposed to Influenza H1N1 – Health Minister reveals

The Health Minister Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu said that the president became exposed to the virus when he visited the school last weekend during their 60th-anniversary celebrations.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The Health Minister Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has disclosed that President Akufo-Addo has been exposed to the Influenza H1N1 which has killed some 11 students at the Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti region.

Dr Agyemang Manu told Accra-based Joy FM that the president became exposed to the virus when he visited the school last weekend during their 60th-anniversary celebrations.

“The President has been exposed to the H1N1 disease but he has not been infected.”

READ ALSO: Blame Free SHS for deaths at Kumasi Academy - MP

Addressing the media Thursday (December 7, 2017), the Health Minister said 19 tests conducted by the Nogouchi Memorial Institute confirmed Influenza H1N1 2009 as the cause of the deaths and not meningitis as earlier suspected.

“Of the nineteen samples sent to Nogouchi…report from further tests was received confirming H1NI 209 pandemic outbreak. Based on this…we wish to indicate..an outbreak of acute respiratory infection with severe presentation and some resulting in deaths,” the Minister said.

He added that the outbreak has been confined to Kumasi Academy and is less likely to spread beyond the school.

He said vaccines will be sent to the school to fight the outbreak and ensure that the situation is contained.

READ ALSO: KUMACA students anointed against ‘spiritual’ deaths

He further confirmed that 44 students have been infected and are currently receiving treatment. He called on parents not to panic and return wards who have been taken home.

Influenza H1N1 209 also known as swine flu was last recorded in Ghana in 2009.

The Minister also stated that seven students who died at KUMACA in April this year died from meningitis.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 SHS Ranking Here are the best SHS in every regionbullet
2 In Central Region Class 6 pupil commits suicide at Assin Berekubullet
3 SHS Candidates Check out WAEC timetable for WASSCE 2018bullet
4 In Ashanti Region Teachers of Aduman SHS on another sit down strikebullet
5 In Ahwiaa Schools closed down due to renewed clashesbullet
6 Education In Ghana Concerned teachers to strike over unpaid...bullet
7 Senior High School Ban on cell phones in SHS should be...bullet
8 Education In Ghana Top 10 most expensive schools in Ghana...bullet
9 Richard Appiah Akoto Blackboard ICT teacher gets...bullet
10 Examination Malpractices WAEC to use CCTVs, metal...bullet

Top Videos

1 Congratulations Aunty Bee of Efiewura fame graduates from University of...bullet
2 Sacrilege 13 Islamic SHS students in trouble for dancing ‘one corner’bullet
3 Technology in Ghana KNUST team builds solar-powered carbullet
4 Unemployment Education Ministry assures unemployed graduate teachersbullet
5 Outrageous Brawl Female teachers exchange blows over male...bullet
6 Invasion Surveying and Mapping students fight land guardsbullet
7 Gas Explosion Akufo-Addo speaks on Atomic Junction gas explosionbullet