It appears the efforts to contain the H1N1 Viral Influenza which broke out in the Kumasi Academy Senior High School (KUMACA), has left parents and other relatives who came into contact with the students who contracted and died of the disease, lurking dangerously with a high probability of harbouring the virus.
So far forty seven students of the Kumasi Academy have contracted the virus with four dying over the past week.
The Ghana Health Service set up surveillance and disease prevention units in the school to offer some wide spectrum antibiotics when the disease was earlier mistaken to have been caused by an atypical bacteria.
Ultimate News’ checks with some of the family members of the deceased who had direct contact with the children revealed that no deliberate outreach has reached them yet.
Mr Fodwuor Martin brother of Fodwuor Ferguson Livingstone one of the students who died told Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador, a friend of his at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital gave him vaccines against meningitis when he took his brother to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where he died.
He however indicated that he had spoken to a few doctor friends who had also promised to send him the exact vaccines for the H1N1 Viral Influenza which was the real cause of death per the report of the health professionals.
A father whose child was the first to die Samuel Ofori Attah was however unperturbed as according to him the postmortem report he had received from the medics showed no indication of Influenza.
He told Ultimate News with some bravado, “If it were true I would have died by now because I handled his dead body with my bare fingers when my son’s corpse was being examined by the doctors, I examined his eyes, head legs and all without gloves. I even took in some chilled water afterwards without washing my hands because I wanted to also die with the boy. I will not go for any vaccination because the Influenza is untrue”
The father of the only female student who died of the disease, Clementina Opoku, indicated that his wife was with their daughter all the time till she died but had not received any medication or seen any health attendant.
If the accounts of the various health personnel about the mode of transmission of the disease are anything to go by, the lopsided approach could pose a greater national threat to the country.
But the director of surveillance and disease control with the Ghana Health Service Team in the School, Dr Franklin Asiedu Bekoe told Ultimate News that the health service has alerted all its district officers where any of the students of KUMACA must have visited to be on the lookout for any symptoms that might present as H1N1 influenza.