The cause of multiple deaths at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School in the Ashanti region has been attributed to an “acute respiratory illness” known as H1N1 Influenza.
The Minister for Health, Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, who revealed this when he addressed a press conference Thursday evening , December 7,2017, in Accra, said ‘influenza type A’ was found in 12 out of 19 cases that were taken to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
Explaining further, the minister revealed “about two hours ago, reports from further tests was received confirming influenza type A H1N1 pandemic strain.”
H1N1 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses which can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of this flu infection can result in hospitalisation or death.
According to the minister, a total of 44 cases have been recorded at the school with four deaths however no new case has been reported since Wednesday, November 6.
Mr. Agyemang Manu said the outbreak is confined and not widely spread in the school adding, they had strengthened surveillance. He also said to arrest the situation, the students must be kept on campus while immediate steps are activated to supply vaccines to the school to contain the outbreak
XYZ’s reporter Ken Awotwe Darko who was at the press conference reports that the minister reiterated government’s commitment to collaborate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to administer vaccines to the students and staff of the Asokore mampong-based school to prevent a spread as government has procured anti-viral agents for case management.
The minister said authorities of the school, GHS and WHO will ensure “strict adherence to prevention and control measures”.