Swine Flu Vaccines – Vaccines for the H1N1 flu have arrived the country says the Ministry of Health. The Public Relations Officer officer at the ministry who interacted with Citi News said that a meeting will be held later on Thursday, to determine distribution arrangements of the vaccines.
The vaccines meant to prevent the spread of H1N1 infection following the Kumasi Academy outbreak were expected to arrive in the country over the weekend but delayed.
Apart from the Swine Flu vaccines, the country was also expected to take delivery of the anti-viral agents – Tamiflu – from the World Health Organization (WHO), as part of measures to combat the threat of the disease.
This drug was administered to tens of thousands of people during the swine flu pandemic in the year 2009. Swine Flu has been detected in at least a dozen students of Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti Region, where four students are suspected to have died from it.
The outbreak of Influenza H1N1 otherwise known as Swine Flu has left every Ghanaian apprehensive, following what many called mysterious deaths involving four students of KUMACA.
The outbreak which begun November saw the death of 14 students out of 44 reported cases. Speculations of food poisoning, diabolic attacks and lots more made their way to the media, engulfing the entire nation in paranoia.
But the Ghana Health Service simplified the complex equation when after several tests, it confirmed the cause of the deaths to be Inuenza H1N1 otherwise known as Swine Flu.
Following the discovery, the school’s students and staff were administered some other antiviral agents, and the school was also fumigated, following the detection of the swine flu.
Aside from the suspected outbreak of swine u at Kumasi Academy, Meningitis deaths were also recorded in some SHSs across the country. One was recorded at the Koforidua Secondary Technical School in the Eastern Region.
Meningitis deaths were also recorded at the Damango Senior High School in the Northern Region from meningitis, and the Bawku Secondary Technical School.