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.”
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.
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.