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    Friday, 1 December 2017
    Source: Ohemeng Tawiah - Nhyira FM
    Another 'mystery' death hits KUMACA

    The cause of death and aliment is unclear as authorities remain tight-lipped over the development

    Two first- year students of the Kumasi Academy have died under mysterious circumstances.

    Nhyira News sources say three others are on admission at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Hospital.

    The cause of death and aliment is unclear as authorities remain tight-lipped over the development.

    The students had been rushed to the hospital after they complained of fever-like conditions at the school's clinic...

    ...Three students of the school died under similar circumstances in April this year, sparking off chaotic uproar as parents besieged the school in desperate move to take their wards home...

  • #2
    KUMACA student deaths caused by ‘Ebola’ - Minister

    Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah has said, the cause of the death of students at Kumasi Academic is Ebola related.

    It is not known how the Minister arrived at the conclusion when health professionals are still conducting series of investigations into the shocking deaths at the institution that celebrated its 60th Anniversary at the weekend.

    “This is not malaria and people are saying….it is likely to be Ebola”, the Minister revealed on a local radio station Nhyira FM’s morning show.

    “When Ebloa started people were thinking it was Ebola but we found out to be something different”, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah told host Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin on Tuesday.

    At least, three students are reported to have died within one week, bringing to seven, the number of student deaths this year alone a situation causing alarm to parents whose wards are in the school.


    • #3

      Student Deaths At Kumasi Academy NOT Linked To Meningitis
      Ghana I Nhyira FM I Ohemeng Tawiah

      Test results from the Noguchi Memorial Centre for Medical Research have ruled out meningitis as the cause of multiple death at Kumasi Academy.

      Students have begun receiving Azithromycin antibiotics against possible bacterial infection.

      Four students have died and at least 18 others hospitalized for an unknown diseases in less than one week.

      The death of the fourth student on Tuesday morning prompted an emergency stakeholder meeting as parents rushed to the school in seeking to withdraw their wards...



      Wednesday, 6 December 2017
      KUMACA: Death toll now 4 as 44 students on admission - Medical team

      Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang has ruled out Meningitis as the cause of the deaths

      The Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang, has revealed that death toll of students at Kumasi Academy now stand at four as of last night (Tuesday, December 5, 2017) and also ruled out Meningitis as the cause of deaths

      According to the Health Expert, 44 more students are on admission at the KNUST hospital with authorities unable to determine the cause of deaths.

      Speaking to OTECNEWS in an interview, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang, said “we have done all the tests for meningitis. They are negative, so it shows that the condition is not meningitis.”

      Four students died earlier in 2017, whilst four have died within the last week, with the latest being yesterday [Tuesday]...


      • #4

        Thursday, 7 December 2017
        WHO officials storm KUMACA as death toll rises

        More than 1,500 students have reportedly received medication being administered by health officials

        Officials of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Ghana have arrived at the campus of Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) in the Ashanti Region after suspected cases of meningitis caused the death of some six students over the last few days.

        Three of the deaths are reported to have happened yesterday morning. So far, 13 students at the school are reported to have died of meningitis since the beginning of the year.

        The WHO officials are at the school to immediately vaccinate the students to curb the deaths...


        • #5

          Mysterious KAMACA deaths caused by Influenza - Health minister Mysterious KAMACA deaths caused by Influenza - Health minister
          Author: Charles Ayitey Updated: 12 minutes ago

          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"...


          • #6

            ... 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.
            Providing more details, the Minister said the Influenza type A has the H1N1 Pandemic strain...


            • #7
              KUMACA deaths: Influenza H1N1 2009 confirmed

              The Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has confirmed that the mysterious deaths recorded at the Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti region were caused by a respiratory illness known as Influenza H1N1 2009.
              Addressing the media Thursday, the Health Minister said 19 tests conducted by the Nogouchi Memorial Institute confirmed Influenza H1N1 2009 as the cause of the deaths and not meningitis as earlier suspected.
              Influenza H1N1 2009 also known as swine flu was last recorded in Ghana in 2009. The Minister also stated that seven students who died at KUMACA in April this year died from meningitis.
              Mr. Agyeman-Manu assured that the outbreak has been confined to the Kumasi Academy and not likely to spread beyond the school.
              “Of the nineteen samples sent to Nogouchi…report from further tests was received confirming H1NI 209 pandemic outbreak. Based on this…we wish to outbreak of acute respiratory infection with severe presentation and some resulting in deaths,” the Minister said.



              • #8
                Cause of KUMACA deaths not yet confirmed – Ghana Health Service

                Despite suggestions from the Health Ministry that the deaths of four students at the Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti Region were caused by acute respiratory infections, the Ghana Health Service has said that it would be too early to comprehensively state that the cause of those deaths had been determined.

                According to the Director of Public Health at GHS, Dr. Badu Sarkodie, despite tests by the Noguchi Memorial Institute indicating that the ailments at the school were caused by Influenza type A, it would be premature to rule out other potential causes as well.

                Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Friday, Dr. Badu Sarkodie said that some of the symptoms which had been noticed in the students on admission could indicate the presence of a number of conditions, including Influenza and Meningitis, which had earlier been ruled out.
                He added that further tests needed to be carried out on the samples before a definitive cause of death can be determined.

                “If somebody should die unfortunately, there are specific changes in the normal anatomy that makes you think that those are the changes that led to the deaths. The bleeding could be Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) which you can also have in the flu and in Meningitis. What are the changes in the body internally which the physical examination may not pick? With the blood samples that were taken to the lab, they should all complement and make the story complete,” he said.

                “For now, we have enough information to say that it is the flu that is causing the outbreak. We have one condition in mind but it could be more. As scientists what we say is that let’s study As it happened the other time, we confirmed Meningitis. Now if it happens to be something else or more than one issue, you need to take a detailed assessment.”



                • #9
                  Our children didn’t die from swine flu – Parents speak on KUMACA deaths

                  But mother of one of the deceased students, Olivia Agyemang, says the postmortem conducted on her son at KNUST Hospital shows “severe pneumonia” as the cause of his death. According to her, the report also shows “multiple extensive peculiar bleeding”. Mrs Olivia does not believe her 15-year-old Carlos Ofori, died from H1N1 influenza because she witnessed the postmortem process and saw extensive bleeding in her son. Another bereaved mother, Aunty Yaa also insisted that her son did not die from swine flu because a postmortem conducted at KATH indicated “breath seizure”. She said her son, 17-year-old Livingston Fordjour Ferguson complained of feverishness when he came home and was sent to Tafo Government Hospital.



                  • #10
                    General News of Monday, 11 December 2017

                    Minister calls for further investigations into cause of KUMACA deaths«
                    The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah is calling for further investigations into the cause of strange deaths at Kumasi Academy in the Asokore-Mampong Municipality of the Ashanti Region.
                    The Regional Minister explained on Adom Fm that though he is not a health expert, he believes H1N1 may not be the only cause as established by experts from GHS and World Health Organization (WHO).
                    The Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu announced 12 out of the 19 cases sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute have tested positive for the virus with Influenza type A that has the H1N1 Pandemic strain.

                    Before students were rushed to various hospitals in Kumasi in what was initially suspected to be an outbreak of meningitis, they complained of “fever-like conditions” at the school’s clinic.

                    Tests however proved negative for meningitis with health officials contemplating what exactly may have caused the deaths of four students.

                    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                    -Nelson Mandela


                    • #11

                      Swine Flu: 85 Cases Reported, 11 Students On Admission

                      85 cases of the deadly Influenza H1N1 have been recorded so far in the recent outbreak at the Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti region.

                      11 out of the number are currently on admission at various hospitals in the region.

                      The outbreak of influenza H1N1 which occupied the attention of the nation over the past two weeks is now under control, the Ghana Health service has assured...


                      • #12
                        4 hours ago | General News

                        H1N1 Vaccination Extended To Health Workers Who Treated KUMACA Students

                        Ghana I Nhyira FM I Ohemeng Tawiah
                        Staff of KNUST Hospital -- where three nurses contracted the disease -- as well as Komfo Anokye, Manhyia and Kumasi South Hospitals, will receive the GC Flu vaccine.
                        Dr Yeboah Ewudzi explains the rationale for vaccinating health workers.

                        "We will want to also vaccinate the health staff in the four major hospitals where the students were reporting. KNUST Hospital had the highest number of students reporting, close to 70 students and three of the nurses even got the flu," he said.

                        He added that "they [nurses] tested positive and they were admitted there for two-three days; because of that, we are also going to vaccinate the health staff in these hospitals."

                        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                        -Nelson Mandela