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  • Ronan Kelly
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    Wednesday, April 14, 2010
    Health team to assess H1N1 situation
    A TEAM of public health officials is to visit the Central and Eastern regions to evaluate the H1N1 situation and support the health workers in those regions to contain the spread of the influenza.
    The team, which leaves Accra on Thursday, will be led by the Director of Public Health of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Joseph Amankwah, and will spend between four and five days visiting health facilities and interacting with both health workers and the public in the two regions.
    Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, Dr Amankwah said it was important that those two regions whose educational institutions had of late seen increase in cases of the disease were visited, assessed and the needed support provided before schools re-opened, adding that similar visits would be made to the other regions where the disease was present.
    After a number of schools in the Greater Accra Region have recorded cases of the influenza, cases were recorded at the Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast and a basic school at Ayipey in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District, both in the Central Region.
    Some students of the Okuapemman and Mpraeso senior high schools in the Eastern Region were also infected.
    The H1N1 influenza, which spread form other parts of the world to Ghana in August 2009, has currently spread to six of the regions of the country. The Brong Ahafo, Upper East, Upper West and the Volta regions are the four areas where cases of the disease have not been reported.
    Throwing more light on the influenza, Dr Amankwah said the number of confirmed cases throughout the country stood at 600 as of Monday, April 12.
    He stated that the number was out of 5,000 specimen so far sent to the central laboratory at the Nogochi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) for confirmation.

    He observed that the number of confirmed cases notwithstanding, the situation could be described as "under control" because many of the infected persons had been successfully managed while the rest were receiving treatment.
    In a related development, the Director of the NMIMR, Dr Alex Nyarko, told the Daily Graphic that the centre was coping with the number of specimen brought there for testing.
    He said the only challenge that the personnel faced was to work overtime anytime large volumes of specimen were brought to be worked on.
    He said the needed materials such as reagents had so far been made available for effective laboratory work and pointed out that it was important for the centre, which is a World Health Organisation (WHO) accredited laboratory, to be allowed to handle all suspected cases from health facilities to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.
    Dr Nyarko said to avoid drug resistance in the country, all cases must be confirmed at the NMIMR to ensure that those who actually suffered from the H1N1 virus were given the WHO recommended medicine for the treatment.

    http://lucyadoma.blogspot.com/2010/0...situation.html

    Ro's Comment: I'm concerned about the portion I highlighted in red, Tamiflu works best in that first 48 hours. Delays in confirmation could lead to deaths.

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  • Ronan Kelly
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    Ashanti records two cases of H1N1 Influenza
    April 12, 2010
    Kumasi, April 12, GNA - Two cases of the HINI Influenza had been reported in the Ashanti Region, Dr. Joseph Oduro, the Deputy Regional Director of Public Health, has announced.

    He told a news conference in Kumasi that both cases were recorded in April but would not go into details, except to assure the public that the situation was under control.

    They have adequate stock of "Tamislu capsules", which has proven to be efficacious in the treatment of the influenza, to deal with any spread.

    Ashanti Region recorded two cases of the flu in August, last year.

    The meeting with the press was to update the public on the current situation, guide them on the precautions they need to take and symptoms to look for.

    H1N1 Influenza is caused by a virus that affects the respiratory system, making it difficult for patients to breath.

    Its' symptoms include sore throat, cough, body aches, fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhoea.

    Dr. Oduro said in the worst case scenario, patients may be afflicted with pneumonia and other health complications that could be deadly if not treated on time.

    To help contain the spread, they had intensified public education through community durbars and forums to help the people to become more alert.

    He counselled the people to wash their hands regularly with soap and keep away from those infected to avoid coming into contact with the Influenza droplets.

    They should also seek immediate treatment by reporting to the health facilities with any suspected case.
    GNA
    http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_health/r_14405/

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  • tetano
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    Accra, April 9, GNA - Ghana has so far recorded 513 cases of H1N1 influenza infections, and all the patients are alive and receiving treatment.



    Eighty per cent of prevalence was found in the educational institutions while all regions except Brong Ahafo, Upper East, Upper West and Volta Regions have confirmed cases.



    Dr. Benjamin Kumbuor, Minister of Health, disclosed this at a press briefing in Accra on Friday and gave the assurance that the situation was under control as government put in place measures to check its spread.

    http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_health/r_14326/

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  • tetano
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    Western Region records three H1N1 cases
    News Date: 8th April 2010


    The Western Regional Health Directorate has stepped up its public education on health related issues especially on the outbreak of the HINI influenza to create awareness among the people.

    Dr Kwaku Anin-Karikari, Western Regional Deputy Director of Health Services in charge of Public Health, told the GNA on telephone that for now

    the region has recorded three cases of H1N1.

    The three cases have been reported in Takoradi, Bibiani and Ahanta West.

    He said since the HINI influenza is air borne diseases, infected patients must abide by advice offered by health personal, cultivate the

    habit of covering their noses and mouths with handkerchief, wear masks and wash hands with soap.

    To prevent the spread of the disease, Dr Anin-Karikari called on those who experience the symptoms of the flu such as, fever, cough, catarrh and sore throat among others not to rush to health facilities but call health officials to the home for treatment.

    He said for those who would want to visit the hospitals, they should go straight to see a doctor without going to the Out Patients' Department.

    Dr Anin-Karikari said the spread of the pandemic could reduce if people adhered to the health advice saying that vaccines are not immediately available to vaccinate everybody in the country.

    http://www.businessghana.com/portal/...id=1&id=125435

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  • tetano
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    Swine flu outbreak hits parts of Accra

    The Greater Accra Health directorate has confirmed to Asempa News that the H1N1 influenza (swine flu) has spread to the neighbouring communities in and around Achimota in Accra.

    A reliable source at the Achimota Hospital disclosed to Asempa News that, the hospital is receiving cases from areas such as Israel, Ofankor, Kisseiman, Mile 7 and the Rev. John Teye Memorial Institute, all in the Greater Accra Region.

    The hospital authorities say the disease is spreading at a faster pace and most of the victims are school children.

    The Schedule Officer at the Greater Accra Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service Oxygen Wula says the Swine Flu is spreading fast among school children because children normally have friends from different schools and that, slight contact can be contagious.

    Mr Oxygen Wula tells ASEMPA NEWS that the H1N1 is now spreading to several areas. He therefore advised that people who have been confirmed to have been infected by the Swine Flu or have symptoms of the disease be isolated for at least 7 days before joining other people.

    The H1N1 influenza usually spreads in congested areas and Mr. Wula adds that any school that has the infection should let the children go home.

    Snippets of information also say some pupils at Burma Camp School, Holy Child at Taifa, another Holy Child School at Sakumono, and Solid Rock at Kisseiman among others. The Schedule Officer mentions more others.

    http://news.myjoyonline.com/health/201004/44413.asp

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  • tetano
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    Less than one week after the initial outbreak of H1N1 influenza was reported at Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, the number of infections has sharply shot up from 10 to 83.

    The number of infections recorded at Ayipey in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District of the Central Region has also increased from two to 40.The new case at Mfantsipim and Ayipey brings to 480 to the number of infections reported so far nation-wide.

    Less than one week after the initial outbreak of H1N1 influenza was reported at Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, the number of infections has sharply shot up from 10 to 83.

    The number of infections recorded at Ayipey in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District of the Central Region has also increased from two to 40.The new case at Mfantsipim and Ayipey brings to 480 to the number of infections reported so far nation-wide.
    The Director of Public Health Service (GHS) , Dr. Joseph Amankwah, told the Daily Graphic in Accra that as of Sunday, April 4, 2010 cases of the influenza had been recorded nation-wide but no death had so far been recorded.

    At a press briefing at Mfantsipim School yesterday, the Central Regional Deputy Director of Public Health, Dr.,J B Eliezar, said the situation was being contained and that there was no cause for alarm .

    For his part, the Cape Coast Metorpolitan Director of Health, Dr. Joseph Nuertey, said the situation at Mfantsipim School.
    He said 63 students were screened on Saturday, while 193 were screened on Sunday, and gave the assurance that all the 83 students were responding to treatment.

    He called for calm, particularly on the part of parents, saying the situation is now under control and cases are not coming in as they were at the initial stages.

    He said, however, that the health authorities are not taking anything for granted but will work to ensure that the situation is improved.

    Dr. Nurtey said the closure of the school will still not be recommended because that will lead to the spread of the disease.

    He said an ambulance is on standby at the school to ensure that any critical case is sent to the Central Regional Hospital.

    The headmaster of the school, Mr. Koame Mieza Edjah, appealed to parents not to visit the school for the next two weeks to enable the school and health authorities manage the situation.

    He assured parents that the staff of the school are working to give students the needed attention and support during the period, adding that parents should bear with the authorities concerning the decision to keep students on the compound, saying it is in the best interest of all.

    Mean while, the public has been advised not to ignore the recent increase in H1N1 influenza but do well to protect themselves from being infected with the deadly influenza, officials of the GHS have indicted.

    The H1N1 influenza, commonly referred to as swine flu is a disease that is caused by a virus that affects the respiratory system.
    It first broke out in April 2009 and has been declared a pandemic by the Word Health Oganisation (WHO).

    The pandemic according to the word health body is a disease that spreads over a whole country or the word.

    Ghana started recording cases in August 2009 and the highest hit is the country’s educational institutions, with the Lincoln Community School in Accra being the first to have been hit by flu in the latter part of the year. Since then, the virus has spread to the Okuapeman Senior High School in the Eastern Region, Merton Primary in Accra, Tema Parents School and Achimota Basic School.

    At the end of March 2010 reports indicated that Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast and Ayipeh L/A Primary and Junior High School in the Asikuma-Odoben- Brakwa District of the Central Region have also been affected by the H1N1 influenza.

    http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php?op...ews&Itemid=162

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  • Ronan Kelly
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    Confirmed H1N1 flu cases rise to 16 in Central Region

    Date: 05-Apr-2010

    Sixteen people have been confirmed as contracting the H1N1 Flu in the Central Region with the lasted four more people at Ayipey in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa (AOB) district of the Central Region as at Sunday.

    Dr. John Eleeza, Deputy Director in charge of Public Health who disclosed this at a media briefing on the update of the outbreak of the disease in the region at Mfantsipim School on Monday, said 10 of the cases are from Mfantsipim and the rest from Ayipey.

    He said so far 40 who have been into contact with infected people and are suspected to have contracted the virus have been put on medication at Ayipey, while as at Sunday 193 students from Mfantsipim had been screened with 20 suspected cases receiving treatment.

    In all a total of 83 students were given treatment at the Mfantsipim School over the weekend.

    Dr Eleeza explained that all the cases in the AOB district are from the Ayipey Primary and Junior High school, which has been closed down to check further spread.

    He gave the assurance that the whole region was on high alert and that the response team was working around the clock to stem further outbreak of the disease both in Mfantsipim School and at Ayipey.

    Dr Eleeza urged the public not to panic, but report any flu-like symptoms to a health facility near them for urgent treatment, explaining that the flu is a viral disease that could be effectively managed by his outfit.

    Dr Joseph Nuertey, the Cape Coast Metro Health Director said even though the situation is under control, an ambulance is on standby to transfer serious cases and that health personnel were working to ensure that it was controlled further.

    Meanwhile authorities at the Mfantsipim School had insisted that it was not advisable to close down the school because the consequences could be disastrous.

    The Headmaster, Mr Mieza Edjah noted that it was not advisable to send the students home because it will give the problem an "uncontrolled dimension" as those who have contracted the virus maybe in the incubation stage and could go home and infect their relatives.

    He said a medical team has been dispatched to the school and screening was on-going to ensure treatment for all infected students, and appealed to parents to cooperate with the authorities and assured them that they will soon go home.


    Source: GNA

    http://news.peacefmonline.com/health/201004/41353.php

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  • tetano
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    The Ayipe Primary and D/L school at the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District in the Central Region has been closed down for two weeks following an outbreak of H1N1 influenza (swine flu) in the school.

    Two, out of the five suspected cases from Ayipe Primary School that were sent to Noguchi Memorial Institute for Scientific Research, have tested positive.

    In a related development, ten out of the eleven suspected case from the Mfantsipim Senior High in Cape Coast Municipality have also tested positive.

    The Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa-Doe, at a press conference in Cape Coast, said with the prompt response from the Regional Health Directorate, they have been able to put the disease under control.

    Madam Benyiwa-Doe said as at now, twelve cases of the H1N1 flu has been reported in the Central Region.

    She said Mfantsipim School would not be closed down, but visitation would be limited. She said this would enable the health directorate to control the disease.

    Madam Benyiwa-Doe called on the general public not to panic since the disease is under control in the Region.

    http://news.myjoyonline.com/education/201004/44298.asp

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  • Ronan Kelly
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    Swine flu outbreak at Mfantsipim: Students undergo screening


    Last Updated: Sunday, 4 April 2010, 13:59 GMT Previous Page

    Ten students have been diagnosed with the flu, authorities say


    A team from the Central Regional Health Directorate has been screening students at the Mfantsipim Senior High School following an outbreak of swine flu there.

    Ten students are currently being treated while another two from a junior high school at Breman Asikuma are also getting medical attention.

    Visits to Mfantsipim have been restricted whiles the JHS has been shut down for two weeks.

    This brings to twelve the number of reported swine flu cases in the Central Region and follows a string of outbreaks in some schools in Accra over the last few weeks.

    Students at Mfantsipim last night demanded that they be sent home but the headmaster, Kwame Mieza Edjah, tells Joy News that decision can only be taken based on the advice of the medical team.

    The Ghana Health Service has warned of more outbreaks and appeal that symptoms are reported for a prompt medical care.

    A number of schools in Accra including Merton Montessori recently had to be closed down after some pupils there were infected.

    The influenza, which is gradually becoming a pandemic, started gradually and there was full assurance it was under control.

    Although reports of infections currently are minimal, there are fears there are several cases yet to be reported.

    The possibility of a pandemic stares even stronger in the face of Ghanaians who are packed into commercials on a daily basis. That is, there are fears the reported cases are just a tip of the iceberg.


    Source: Myjoyonline.com/Ghana


    http://news.myjoyonline.com/health/201004/44279.asp

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  • tetano
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    Cape Coast, April 4, GNA - Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, Central Regional Minister, has said that Mfantsipim School would not be closed down even though it has recorded 10 confirmed cases of Influenza H1N1 (swine flu). She said those affected were being treated at the Central Regional Hospital in Cape Coast, and appealed to parents not to panic and take their children away from school because efforts were being made to prevent the disease from spreading.

    Mrs. Benyiwa-Doe who was briefing journalists on the outbreak of the disease in the region, in Cape Coast, said that so far a total of 12 Influenza HINI cases had been recorded in the area.

    The Minister said that the first two cases were detected at Ayipey L/A Primary and a Junior High School in Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, adding that she has directed the closure of Ayipey L/A Primary. Mrs. Benyiwa-Doe said that so far 12 of the 16 blood specimens of victims of swine flu sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute by a regional medical team, tested positive.

    She said that the team had intensified its surveillance in schools in Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa area and the Cape Coast Metropolis. Mrs. Benyiwa-Doe said that the Regional Health Directorate, Regional Security Council and heads of government institutions were jointly taking steps to deal with the problem.

    She asked school authorities to ensure that any student suspected of contracting the disease reported to the hospital, adding that treatment was free of charge.

    Mrs. Benyiwa-Doe called on the media to educate the public on the symptoms of the disease.

    The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Ghana Health Service, on Thursday alerted the public on the threat of possible outbreak of influenza HINI (Swine Flu) in Ghana.

    A statement signed by Mr. Kofi Portuphy, National Co-ordinator of NADMO, said that minors and children were the most vulnerable group and asked the public to minimize crowding at social events especially those meant for children during the Easter holidays.

    It said that "the transmission of the disease was from human to human, through droplets, released during coughing, sneezing and touching surfaces contaminated with body fluids, secreted by infected persons, and touching the eyes, nose and mouth without washing hands." The statement said the signs and symptoms of the disease included coughing, sneezing, fever, chills, runny nose, head ache, vomiting, sore throat and body aches.

    It said that "the complications of the disease may lead to pneumonia and difficulty in breathing and that prevention of infection is through observance of good personal hygiene by washing hands with soaps and water as often as possible especially after touching surfaces and shaking hands." The statement advised the public to report to the nearest health facility after observing any one or more of the signs and symptoms and avoid crowded environments to prevent spreading the disease to others.

    http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePag....php?ID=179762

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  • Ronan Kelly
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    NADMO, GHS, cautions public on outbreak of Swine Flu

    Date: 02-Apr-2010


    The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS), on Thursday alerted the public on the threat of possible outbreak of influenza HINI (Swine Flu) in Ghana.

    The announcement indicated that the danger was heightened by sporadic outbreak of the disease in schools in some regions, leading to their closure in the past few weeks.

    A statement signed by Mr. Kofi Portuphy, National Co-ordinator of NADMO, mentioned Greater Accra: Merton Primary School, Tema Parents Association, Tema, Achimota Basic School, Lincoln Community School, Dzorwulu and American International School, East Legon.

    The others were Eastern Region: Okuapeman Secondary School and Northern Region: Nankpanduri Senior High School.

    The statement said that minors and children were the most vulnerable group and asked the public "to minimize crowding at social events especially those meant for children during the Easter holidays".

    It explained that the recent outbreaks, which lead to suspension of classes, meant that most children from these schools might be incubating the disease without showing any signs or symptoms and could easily affect others.

    The statement stressed that "due to the mode of transmission, crowding at social events, especially for children coming from different schools, would be highly fertile grounds for easy spread of the disease to the family members, friends and community.

    It said that "the transmission of the disease was from human to human, through droplets, released during coughing, sneezing and touching surfaces contaminated with body fluids, secreted by infected persons, and touching the eyes, nose and mouth without washing hands."

    The statement said the signs and symptoms of the disease included coughing, sneezing, fever, chills, runny nose, head ache, vomiting, sore throat and body aches.

    It said that "the complications of the disease may lead to pneumonia and difficulty in breathing and that prevention of infection is through observance of good personal hygiene by washing hands with soaps and water as often as possible especially after touching surfaces and shaking hands."

    The statement advised the public to report to the nearest health facility after observing any one or more of the signs and symptoms and avoid crowded environments to prevent spreading the disease to others.

    NADMO and GHS wished all Ghanaians a safe Easter Celebration.

    http://news.peacefmonline.com/health/201004/41236.php

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  • Ronan Kelly
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    GHS to disinfect Achimota Basic School



    Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 March 2010, 23:30 GMT



    The Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is expected to disinfect the Basic Department of the Achimota School due to the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza (swine flu), which lead to the closure of the school.

    The Health Directorate says apart from disinfecting the school, the GHS would put an alcohol base hand washing medicine at a vantage points in the school for the children to wash their hands. “All the chairs and tables would be disinfected before the school resumes” it stated.

    Oxygen Wula of the Regional Health Directorate of the GHS, in an interview with Asempa News said the GHS would also give alcohol base soap to the children to rob them on their hands to cure virus on their hands.

    Mr. Wula assured that the exercise would be done before the school resumes on the 6th of April, 2010.

    He said the GHS has set up a sick bay in the school for parents to send their children for treatments when they detect any symptoms of swine flu.

    It would be recalled that Asempa News on the 22nd of March, 2010, broke the news, which led to the closure on Saturday, 20th of March, 2010. [sic. should be March 27th]


    Story: by Kwaku Anwti-Otoo (Asempa FM)

    http://news.myjoyonline.com/education/201003/44161.asp

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  • Ronan Kelly
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    Swine Flu Hits Achimota Basic School


    Dr Benjamine Kumbour , health minister.The H1N1 flu, otherwise known as swine flu, does not seem to go away, with the Achimota Basic School being its latest destination.

    Three cases of the H1N1 flu have compelled the authorities to close down the school for two weeks. The Lincoln Community School in Accra was the first to have been hit by the swine flu in the latter part of last year. Since then, it has spread to the Okuapemman Senior High School in the Eastern Region, the Merton Primary in Accra and the Tema Parents School.

    At the Achimota Basic School, students in the boarding house have been asked to stay at home until April 6, 2010 to allow for the fumigation of the school.

    The Headmaster, Mr Frank Armah, told an Accra FM station that the school was closed down on the directive of the Director of Basic Education at the Ministry of Education, Mr Stephen Adu.

    Pupils in the Primary and the Junior High School departments were sent home at the weekend after a test at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical and Research (NMIMR) had confirmed that three children had been infected with the swine flu.

    The school had been deserted when the Daily Graphic visited the place yesterday, with no sign of any primary or JHS student being around. Only students of the senior high school could be seen around.

    The news of the outbreak of the disease had been reported in the media as of March 24, 2010. However, the reports suggested that authorities of the school were trying to hush it, although they had brought in doctors to educate the pupils on the disease.

    The Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate confirmed the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza early last week in an interview with a local FM station in Accra.

    The Schedule Officer at the directorate, Mr O. Wula, at that time said the school was strictly monitoring events, even though the situation was not alarming.

    Some parents who spoke to the station on condition of anonymity blamed the authorities of the Achimota School for trying to put a lid on the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza in the school.

    The parents demanded that their children be released so that they (parents) could take them to their private doctors, since they suspected that the treatment being administered to them at the school might not be the best.

    In an interview on the same network, a human rights advocate, Nana Oye Lithur, called for legal action to be taken against teachers of the school whom she accused of harbouring the children after the H1N1 influenza had been detected there.

    According to her, parents had the right to know the health status of their children, yet when the disease was detected, school authorities did not inform the parents but rather brought in doctors to educate the children on the disease.

    Nana Lithur said bringing in doctors to diagnose and educate the children was in the right direction but the authorities should have informed the children’s parents.
    http://www.graphicghana.com/news/page.php?news=6941

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  • tetano
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    The Achimota School (Basic Department) has been dosed down following the outbreak of the Influenza Pandemic HINI in the school.

    The closure, on Saturday, saw many parents rushing to the school to pick their wards. The school is scheduled to re-open on April6.

    The Times during a visit on Sunday, found the school deserted.

    A general notice signed by the headmaster and posted on the school's board read: "In view of the outbreak of the Influenza Pandemic H1N1, the school has been temporarily closed down from today, Saturday, March 27, 2010. Boarders will return to school on Tuesday April 6 and normal classes will begin on Wednesday April 7."

    A source close to the school said by that date, the school would have been fumigated to make it safe.

    The source said for fear that the pandemic might spread to the Senior Department of the Achimota School, health officials from the Korle-Bu Teaching and Achimota hospitals on Saturday lectured the students on the symptoms and manifestation of the pandemic and how to avoid it.

    The Pandemic Influenza H1N1 is a disease caused by a virus that affects the respiratory system.

    Its symptoms are fever, cough or sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue and in some cases, vomiting and diarrhoea.

    Complications of the disease include pneumonia and difficulty in breathing.

    Death may occur if severe complication (severe pneumonia) occurs.

    Influenza viruses are mainly spread from one person to another through droplets released during coughing or sneezing (as in any flu).

    Sometimes people may become infected by touching surfaces or holding objects.

    Such as hands, door handles, handkerchief, tissue paper contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

    It would be recalled that Galaxy International School at Abelenkpe and Tema Parent School were also closed down following the outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic.

    http://news.myjoyonline.com/health/201003/44014.asp

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  • Ronan Kelly
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    Achimota ‘swine flu pupils’ integrated into the school



    Last Updated: Sunday, 28 March 2010, 22:32 GMT


    Two out of the three school children who were infected with the H1N1 influenza (swine flu) at the basic Department of the Achimota School have been integrated into the school after they were treated and declared free from the disease.

    The last pupil was expected to join his mates in school later, after he was also confirmed to be cured from the disease.

    The Head Teacher of the Achimota Basic School, Frank Armah, who disclosed this in an interview with Asempa News, said the reports that they were infected while in school was not true.

    Mr. Armah explained that the school detected the disease after they had returned from a mid-term holidays and the victims were taking to the Achimota Hospital of which tests confirmed H1N1 flu positive.

    He said after the detection the children were asked to go home and see their various doctors for treatment.

    He added that after returning to the school, they were taking to the Achimota Hospital for another test which proved negative of the H1N1 flu.

    Reacting to a publication that some parents have gone to the school for their children due to the diseases, Mr. Armah said no parent has gone to the school for his/her child.

    He said some parents, upon hearing the news,came all the way from the Brong Ahafo, to the school, but returned, after they realized it was not serious.

    Mr. Armah said the school has disinfectants in all the dormitories and would keep disinfecting the dormitories to avoid any attack.

    He said the situation has been brought under control and therefore called on parents not to fear.

    It would be recalled that Asempa News on Monday, 22nd of March, 2010, broke the news of the outbreak of the H1N1 flu in the school which was confirmed by the Greater Accra Regional Schedule Officer of the Ghana Health Service, Oxygen Wula.


    So

    Story: Kwaku Antwi-Otoo (Asempa FM)


    http://news.myjoyonline.com/health/201003/44002.asp

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