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Accra - Ghana has recorded its first two cases of (A)H1N1 swine flu, one of which is in the capital Accra, Deputy Health Minister Benjamin Kumbour confirmed on Thursday.
"I can confirm that two cases of swine flu fever have been recorded: one in Accra and one in the Western Region," he said. "Our medical team is ready to deal with the situation."
At a press conference, Kumbour said that the Accra case involved a 19-year-old woman infected by a relative who had just returned from Britain.
In the case of the second woman, from Western Region, he said: "More tests are ongoing in her suspected H1N1 case... and we expect to get that result soon".
He urged members of the public not to panic, saying: "We are not in a crisis situation. Everything is under control."
He added: "In anticipation of the outbreak of the pandemic, we - in collaboration with the World Health Organisation - have procured the necessary drugs for the treatment of the disease."
All aircraft entering Ghana have been instructed to report any case of in-flight illness to the health authorities upon arrival at Kotoka International Airport, he said.