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‘Swine Flu’ kills 4 students in Ghana

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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.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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