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KUMACA deaths: Laboratory reports reveal Influenza Type A H1N1 as cause

The Ministry of Health has revealed that 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.

The discovery was made known at a press briefing in Accra by Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu. Addressing questions about the mysterious deaths of students in the school, he indicated that a joint operation by the Ministry together with some hospitals and laboratories took samples of blood, Cerebro-spinal fluids, and throat swabs from some students to be examined.

The Minister mentioned that 26 blood samples which were sent to Noguchi to be tested for Ebola, Marburg and Lassa all came out negative, ruling out fears of the cause of deaths being Ebola as earlier speculated.

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Vehicles stranded at Yeji as a result of closure of Buipe bridges

Hundreds of vehicles and passengers are stranded at the Yeji side of the Volta River in the Brong Ahafo Region, struggling to catch a ferry across the river to Makango on the northern bank of the river.

As of the time of filing this report, more than 200 vehicles, some loaded with goods, had been stranded for days, waiting to be given the green light to cross to the other side of the river.

Some motorists who spoke to the Daily Graphic indicated that they had spent more than three days in a long queue without getting the chance to cross to the other side.

The Yeji-Makango route is one of several others suggested by the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) as alternative routes for motorists following the closure of the Buipe and Yapei bridges.

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African Court ordered Ghana to suspend the seizure of Woyome properties

The African Court on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) in Tanzania, has ordered Ghana to suspend all efforts to retrieve the GH?51.2 million judgement debt paid to businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, until the court determines an appeal filed by the businessman, who argues that his human rights are being abused by Ghana’s Supreme Court.

In a unanimous ruling on November 24, 2017, the 11-member panel ordered Ghana to suspend the seizure of any property belonging to the businessman, “take all appropriate measures to maintain the status quo and avoid the property being sold’’ until the case was determined.

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CJ initiates impeachment process of EC Bosses

Information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that the Judicial Council, through the Chief Justice (CJ), Sophia A.B. Akuffo, is empanelling a committee to look into the alleged abuse of power and corruption scandal that has rocked the Electoral Commission (EC).

There appears to be sufficient grounds for impeachment of the EC officers involved, who are at loggerheads, thereby jeopardizing the operations of the commission.

A five-member committee is expected to investigate the EC chairperson, Charlotte Osei, together with her two deputies – Georgina Opoku-Amankwa, who is in-charge of Corporate Services and Amadu Sulley, in-charge of Operations as prescribed under Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution.

The committee, to be presided over by a Supreme Court Judge, has two other Court of Appeal judges (male and female), as well as two other members nominated by the Council of State (female and male) as its membership.

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Two robbery suspects jump to their death, three others arrested

A daring escape bid by two suspected robbers in handcuffs – jumping from a storey building at Sepe in Kumasi, turned tragic as they died of serious injuries sustained.

They were identified as Mohammed Lukeman and Awudu Usman.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Juliana Obeng, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, told journalists that the deceased were members of a robbery gang, terrorizing residents of the city.

Three of thier colleagues, Emmanuel Fosu, alias “Alhaji”, Farouk Amadu, alias “Burger” and Saliu Yakubu, alias “Baba Tunde”, have been arrested and detained.

The deceased had told investigators after their arrest that they had been keeping guns for the robbery attacks in a house and had led the police to the place only to make the daring escape attempt.

ASP Obeng indicated that the gang was linked to series of robbery in the metropolis and the arrest of the members was based upon intelligence.


Low turnout taints Kenyatta victory in Kenya election re-run

Results of Kenya’s presidential election re-run started to trickle in on Friday, with early estimates of the turnout at below 35 percent, dealing a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s hopes for a decisive second-term mandate.


Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have agreed to set up a strategic co-operation framework, and have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SAP), to that end, which will give new momentum to Ivorian-Ghanaian co-operation.

This agreement covers the areas of Defence and Security; Cocoa and cashew economy and other strategic crops; Maritime cooperation; Mining, energy and environment; Transport; and Economic policies.

Signing the agreement on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted that “this Agreement will bind our two countries in even closer intimacy, and go beyond the conventional tools of co-operation, and, I am confident, will yield results of a historic and enduring nature for our two peoples.”

The signing of the Agreement was conducted at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, 17th October, 2017, at the end of the 2-day visit to Ghana by the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara.


Suspected monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria

A suspected monkeypox outbreak has hit Nigeria's southern Bayelsa State, with at least 10 people quarantined because of fears that they have contracted the viral infection, health officials are quoted by local media as saying.

They 10 include a doctor, and efforts are being made to trace 49 other people who had contact with those thought to be infected by the virus, the privately owned Punch newspaper reports.

Monkeypox is a rare smallpox-like disease, which is not usually fatal to humans.

The Punch quoted Bayelsa State Health Commissioner Ebitimitula Etebu as saying that the outbreak had not yet been confirmed and samples of the virus had been sent to the World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in Senegal for tests.

The results would indicate whether there was an outbreak, he said, adding:


US health secretary Tom Price quits after plane scandal

US Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned over the use of expensive private planes for official business.

He previously apologised after making 26 private flights since May at a cost of $400,000 (£300,000) to taxpayers.

Government officials, except those dealing with national security matters, are required to take commercial flights for work related travel.
Three other members of President Donald Trump's cabinet are under scrutiny for using private planes while working.

A White House statement said President Trump had accepted Mr Price's resignation, adding that Don J Wright had been designated as acting health secretary. Mr Wright is currently deputy assistant secretary for health.

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In his letter of resignation, seen by the New York Times, Mr Price said he regretted that "recent events have created a distraction" from the work of the health department.


North Korea accuses US of declaring war

North Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country.

Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York that North Korea reserved the right to shoot down US bombers.

This applied even when they were not in North Korean airspace, the minister added. The world "should clearly remember" it was the US that first declared war, Mr Ri said.

The two sides have been engaged in an increasingly angry war of words. Despite weeks of tension, experts have played down the risk of direct conflict between the two.

After Mr Ri addressed the United Nations on Saturday, the US president responded by tweeting that Mr Ri and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "won't be around much longer" if they continued their rhetoric.

Mr Ri's response came as he was leaving New York, following the UN General Assembly.


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