Pulse.com.gh logo

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:

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 Sad News One body found, other missing as two Miss USAG contestants drownbullet
2 Hall Conversion Katanga alumni vow to fight conversion of KNUST hallsbullet
3 Education Degree holders not qualified to teach at SHS – GES warnsbullet
4 Profile All you need to know about Dr Matthew Opoku Prempehbullet
5 Senior High School WAEC releases 2018 WASSCE resultsbullet
6 Top 10 universities in Ghana Top 10 best universities in Ghana...bullet
7 National Service No reposting; stay wherever you are posted...bullet
8 Prize Winners Ghanaians top the world in ACCA examsbullet
9 Senior High School 6 things you should know before going...bullet
10 Hall Conversion KNUST converts all single-sex halls...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 LIVE Watch the #NSMQ (PRESEC Legon vs KNUST SHS vs Mfantsipim School)bullet
4 #2018NSMQ Schools can now substitute contestants in 2018 NMSQbullet
5 Gas Explosion Akufo-Addo speaks on Atomic Junction gas explosionbullet