Influenza type-A H1N1 2009 pandemic strain responsible for KUMACA deaths


The Minister of Health Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu has announced that out of 19 samples sent to the NOGUCHI Memorial Institute from the Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti Region, 12 tested positive for influenza type A.

According to the Minister, reports on further tests were received confirming Influenza type-A H1N1 2009 pandemic strain.

The tests became necessary following what many have called mysterious deaths involving four students of the school in the past week.

Four other students had died earlier in 2017, bringing the total number of deaths to eleven students.

Officials from the Ghana Health Service had previously ruled out meningitis in the recent deaths.

The Ghana Health Service has assured that there will be no further death in KUMACA following the prophylactic therapy given the students.

The entire student body has received antibiotic therapy as prophylaxis

Of the 32 cases on admission 27 had signs of fever, headaches, joint and body pains, coughs abnormal chest signs and auscultation.

The public has however been cautioned not to call it “swine flu”

Regional Health Director, Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang says every student at Kumasi Academy will survive the attack of a suspected bacterial infection which has claimed lives of students.

Over 40 students have been affected, with nineteen currently on admission at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Hospital and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

During an interview on citifm, an Accra based radio station this morning, Dr Badu Sarkodie, said, the good thing is that, those students who have gone home did not show signs of the infection before leaving for the house.

He cautioned that the school provides a list of those students who are home for close monitoring.

But Professor Kwabena M. Bosompem of Nougoshi has cautioned that “Some autopsy samples have been collected and are being sent to Nougochi to start investigations. So unless we investigate that and know exactly what is the cause of death, it is not good to speculate.”

He has also educated, that the public should stop using the word “swine flu” for the infection.