Swine Flu Outbreak Hit Senior High Senior

Akuse Methodist Senior High School in the Eastern Region has recorded an outbreak of H1N1 (swine flu).

As if that is not all, the campus also witnessed an outbreak of human coronavirus among the students.

Reports say, most of the students tested positive for the viruses after several test was conducted.

13 out of 34 samples taken for testing, tested positive for H1N1 while the remaining 19 tested positive for hCoVs.

After this revelation, Eastern Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Winfred Ofosu explained that  the situation is under control.

“We asked them to get one of the dormitories and isolate them but they have a problem with structures and they also did not have money to rent a place so they looked at those who really had the symptoms for them to enter a room in the sickbay.

‘Place is in Akuse we had a hospital there so the doctors are the ones taking care of them. All those children care fine.

‘They didn’t show any serious sympoms that warranted hospitalization but we wanted to know the cause of the respiratory illness so we took samples, some were tested for covid-19. There is no cause for alarm”.

Some few days ago, some 135 students and staff of Achimota School tested positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, explained that  samples were taken from 843 students (348 boarders and 459 day students) and 36 teaching and non-teaching staff as of July 3, 2021.

Out of the 550 results released so far 135 tested positive.

However, results of 293 samples of day students are yet to be received

The testing  started  after three students went to the school’s sickbay with influenza-like symptoms.

They then  tested positive, and were  isolated with  contacts placed under mandatory quarantine.

Along the line, several other students started showing symptoms that resulted in  mass tracing and testing on campus.

 

By: Naa Ayorkor

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