14:00, 09.Feb 2016
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has expressed its condolences to the parents and families of the deceased students of the Kumasi Academy.
A statement issued by the GES and signed by the Director of Public Relations, Rev Jonathan Bettey said, “The Service is shocked and saddened at the report from the school over some eleven students having lost their lives with over forty others hospitalised and made to seek medical attention.”
“We are, by this statement, registering our grief over the development and assuring all parents and members of the general public of our resolve to work with other relevant agencies and stakeholders, including Ghana Health Service, in order to find a lasting solution to this unfortunate occurrence,” the statement said.
Eleven students of the Kumasi Academy Senior High School have died since April.
Four of the victims died subsequently, causing fear among students, school authorities and parents, some of who rushed in to the school to take their wards home.
The Health Minister, Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu on Thursday confirmed that laboratory investigations by the Noguchi Memorial Institute into the strange deaths tested positive for the Influenza Type-A H1N1 2009 pandemic strain.