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  • Ghana: H1N1 flu affects 170 students of St. Martin's SHS

    About one hundred and seventy students of St. Martin's Senior High School at Adoagyeri, near Nsawam in the Akuapem South District of the Eastern Region have been affected by the H1N1 influenza (swine flu).

    Report says the symptoms of the disease were first detected on Sunday 15th of May, 2010 and since then, the number keeps increasing.

    A student of the school told Asempa News that they were quarantined after the detection in a bungalow to prevent the spread.

    “The disease was detected last Sunday and we reported to our teachers. The next day, they called health authorities from the Ghana Health Service and the students were put in empty bungalows”.

    Asked why he came home, the student said he detected the symptoms and so decided to come home and see his doctor, but had not contracted the disease.

    Asempa FM’s reporter, Michael Oppong reports from the school that most of the students were seen with their mouths covered with handkerchiefs for fear of being infected with the disease.

    Michael who visited the school during entertainment said “You would see ten out of fifty students covering their mouths with handkerchiefs. I asked them and they said they were protecting themselves from the swine flu.”

    The Head of Language Department of the School, Gabriel Dzededzi, explained that even though the disease has been detected in the school, it is not as being portrayed in the media as an outbreak.

    “The samples were taking to the Noguchi and they tested positive. They were about forty-eight in number, but as I am talking now, thirty-six of them have been treated, the dormitories have been fumigated and have gone back,” he explained.

    He said they have about twelve of them who were being treated at Koforidua Government Hospital as at Saturday.

    Asked why the school authorities do not want parents of the students to know about the infections, Mr. Dzededzi explained that, “it was not the school that is preventing the parents. It is an advised from the health team from Koforidua and Nsawam.”

    The Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Erasmus Adongo, confirming the over one hundred and seventy cases to Asempa FM said even though the disease keeps spreading, health authorities are on top of it.

    “At the time we detected the disease, we had about seventy of them affected, but as at yesterday (Friday), the total number had gone to one hundred and thirty-seven, but not all of them are in the isolation, some have been discharged”.

    Dr. Adongo said closing the school would not solve the problem as the students would rather spread the disease in their various communities.

    “What we have done so far is that we have met with the school authorities to ensure all sporting activities are suspended for the meantime. From our investigations, the disease started spreading during a quiz competition in the school and they have a lineup of these activities so we have asked them to stop.”

    He added that they have also asked all the nearby schools and districts to be on the look-out for possible outbreak of the diseases.

    Dr. Adongo therefore called on parents of these students not to panic since the GHS is on top of it.

    Story by Kwaku Antwi-Otoo/Asempa FM/Ghana

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    Re: Ghana: H1N1 flu affects 170 students of St. Martin's SHS

    H1N1 hits Aburi Girls, over 80 students infected

    Last Updated: Saturday, 29 May 2010, 18:35 GMT Previous Page

    School authorities are said to have remained silent on the issue

    A massive wave of H1N1 influenza (swine flu) has hit another Eastern Region School, Aburi Presbyterian Senior High School, and over 80 students are believed to have been infected.

    This comes barely a week after over 170 students of the St. Martin’s Senior High School at Adoagyire in the same district got infected with the diseases.

    Reports say the over 80 infected students of the Aburi Presbyterian SHS have been quarantined in one of the dormitories in the school.

    One of the female students (name withheld), who spoke with our reporter, Kwaku Antwi-Otoo, alleged that the school authorities do not want their parents to know about the outbreak in the school.

    "We were in class on Monday, 24th May, 2010, when we saw the school vehicle, conveying some of the female students to the hospital. We enquired why and they told us they have been infected with the H1N1 flu. The school authorities are preventing our parents from knowing so as at now, am not sure our parents are aware of the outbreaks”, the student explained.

    The student explained that the school vehicle conveys 40 passengers and it did three trips, spawning suspicion that the figure could be more.

    “The students are in the school and they are being through it everyday. The teachers would use handkerchiefs to cover their mouths when teaching while the rest of the students would also use handkerchiefs to cover their mouth”, the student added.

    The student added that the teachers claims if the affected students mingled with the unaffected, the disease would spread.

    The Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services (GHS), Dr. Erasmus Adongo, confirmed the disease to Asempa News, but explained that the situation is under control.

    “I can’t give the figures now, but the District Director told me samples that were sent to Noguchi tested H1N1-positive and we are monitoring the situation”, he explained.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Adongo says all the students who were infected at the St. Martin’s SHS in Adoagyire have been treated and discharged.

    “For the past week, no one has reported any symptoms of the H1N1 and so we believe they disease has been put under control," he said.

    Story: Kwaku Antwi-Otoo/Asempa FM/Ghana
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      Re: Ghana: H1N1 flu affects 170 students of St. Martin's SHS

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      Aburi(E/R), May 30, GNA - The Management of the Aburi Girls Senior High School has denied media reports that there was an outbreak of the H1N1 Flu at the school and so it had been closed down.

      Speaking to the Ghana News Agency(GNA), the Headmistress of the school, Ms Sylvia Asempa, expressed concern about the unfounded report with its attendant problems.

      She stressed that none of the 1400 students of the school has been infected with the disease. Ms Asempa said the school celebrated its 64th Annual Speech and Prize Giving Day, on Saturday, May 29, and was organizing a thanksgiving service on Sunday.

      Earlier, the Akuapem South Municipal Chief Executive, Dr. Godfred Osei Bonsu-Twum, appealed to media personnel to cross check their facts before publication to avoid panic and confusion in the society.
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