We Have Not Recorded Any Cases of H1N1 Influenza in Sunyani – Municipal Health Director

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The Sunyani Municipal Director of Health, Dr. Paulina
Appiah, has declared that no cases of H1N1 influenza have been recorded in the municipality.

She made the revelation in an exclusive interview with Nana
KAS of Suncity 97.1 FM on the Suncity Morning Drive in Sunyani. 
The revelation will come as a soothing relief to
apprehensive residents of the Municipality after laboratory test results from
the Noguchi Memorial Centre for Medical Research showed that majority of the
samples from students of Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) tested Positive for Influenza
Type-A H1N1. 
“Periodically we send samples to the Noguchi Memorial Centre
for Medical Research …and what we record is other types of influenzas but not
H1N1. People should not panic now that we know the cause of deaths at the
Kumasi Academy. Let us go about with our normal duties. Health workers are ready
to take care of any issues,” Dr. Paulina Appiah assured.
She said the Sunyani Municipal Hospital became a surveillance
center after the 2009 pandemic.
On the mode of transfer, the Municipal Director of Health explained
that the Influenza A (H1N1) virus is transferred mainly through droplets spread
exposed through coughs and sneezes.
According to her, since it looks like any influenza-like
sickness, you won’t know about it until you are tested.
Dr. Paulina Appiah added that anybody experiencing such
symptoms should visit the hospital.
“Anyone who has been infected by influenza should be
indoors, rest and drink a lot of water. It depends on how the body of anyone reacts
to diseases. Wash your hands and also use hand sanitizers. 
People should not wait until the symptoms are
stronger before going to the hospital,” she advised.
“It is more common in children, those with weak immune
system, pregnant women and the elderly. But this particular H1N1-2009 influenza
can infect young adults…the virus has different strains that cause serious
infections which leads to death. Vaccines are used to prevent the infections,”
Dr. Paulina Appiah revealed.
Four (4) students of the Kumasi Academy (KUMACA) have died
following the recent outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) which begun on November 30,
2017. 44 cases have been reported so far.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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