‘Swine Flu’ kills 4 students in Ghana

Reports coming from Ghana confirms that four Kumasi Academy students who died over the last few days died of Influenza Type A popularly referred to as Swine Flu.

Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu has said 12 out of the 19 cases sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute has tested positive for the virus.

The Minister said the Influenza type A has the H1N1 Pandemic strain and at least 44 Kumasi Academy students were rushed to various hospitals in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region in what was initially suspected to be an outbreak of meningitis.

The students complained of “fever-like conditions” at the school’s clinic as organised chaos broke out in the school when parents and guardians rushed to pick their wards home fearing the worst may happen to them.

School authorities, Regional Minister as well as the Regional Health authorities appealed to the guardians to bring back their children to be administered with some antibiotics. There were fears the students may transmit whatever virus they may have contracted to their families and close relations. Some of the parents were said to have brought back their wards.

In the midst of the chaos samples were taken from the affected students and sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute, the country’s medical research institute to ascertain what may have caused the deaths.

The Health Minister reiterated that students who were sent home must immediately return so the vaccination will be administered to them.