- Deaths at Kumasi Academy has been linked to a spread of Influenza
- Health minister is calling for students to still stay on campus
It has emerged that cause of mysterious deaths at the Kumasi Academy is due to type A Influenza - the strain which causes the deadly Swine Flu.
Addressing the press in an emergency briefing, the health minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu revealed that out of 44 cases reported, only 4 have died bringing to a total 11 deaths in the year alone.
Samples of students taken for intense investigation at Nuguchi revealed that out of the 19 samples collected, 12 tested positive for Influenza Type A.
Meanwhile, the health minister is calling for all students to be kept on campus as emergency means to provide vaccines to control the outbreak is ensured.
Earlier on, medical officers at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) are currently finding the exact name for the disease found in the bodies of students who recently died.
A senior pathologist at KATH, Dr Osei Sampene, had revealed on Nyira FM that "all bodies of students from Kumasi Academy showed signs of a strange disease which could also be one of its kind in Ghana".
Meanwhile, vaccines are currently being administered to all students to protect them against possible viral or bacterial infections. Parliament has summoned the minister for health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu on updates related to the shocking deaths of persons.
According to him, any attempt by parents to send their wards home poses a serious national security threat since the cause of their deaths is strangely unknown.
The current atmosphere at Kumasi Academy is that of fear and uncertainty as parents run to the school to see if their wards are doing well as others demand to take their wards home with them. The death toll continues to rise as a total number of persons losing tier lives in a week alone reaches six.
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