Antiviral drugs – Tamiflu – for the treatment of the H1N1 Influenza which has killed four students of the Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) are expected in Ghana today.
The World Health Organization is supplying the drugs based on a request from government as it struggles to contain the situation at the school and other areas.
Vaccines for the swine flu are also expected over the weekend.
“The Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Education met with the WHO Ghana Representative soon after press briefing on 7th December 2017 and arrangements have been made to procure and air lift anti-viral agents (Tamiflu) and vaccines for use. Some students and staff have already received vaccinations,” a statement signed by the GES’ Director-General Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa stated.
It continued that Tamiflu is expected in the country by 15 December 2017 and the vaccines by 16th December, 2017 noting “The situation is under control and there have not been new reported cases.”
In respect of Damango Senior High School, Bawku Senior High Technical School, Koforidua Senior High Technical School and Tampene Senior High School, where meningitis is suspected to have caused the deaths of some students, the GES said they are awaiting the medical reports from the Ghana Health Service, including their recommendations on the way forward and will update the public accordingly upon receipt.
The GES said it is monitoring the situation in all senior high schools across the country.
“We therefore appeal to parents and the general public to remain calm as we implement all the necessary safety measures in this regard,” the statement by the GES’ Director General said.