Dr Frank Nyonator, Ag Director of Ghana Health Sercive

A CHOLERA outbreak at Elubo in the Jomoro district of the Western region has since last Tuesday claimed the lives of two persons, with 33 others battling for their lives.
Medical Assistant in charge of the Elubo Health Centre, Thomas Kwesi Addai, made this known to a team of top officials from the Jomoro district who visited the centre to assess the situation on Sunday.
The officials led by District Chief Executive, Sylvester Dadieh, included Abudu Amadu, Jomoro District Coordinating Director, Raymond Serwoh, Jomoro District Environmental Health officer and Joseph Azabire, District Disease Control Officer.
Mr. Addai told the team that eight of the affected people were responding to treatment at the facility and the rest had been treated and discharged.
He said the dead, Kwasi Nyameke, 57, and Grace Taylor, 42, both residents of Elubo, had been buried by Ministry of Health officials.
The medical assistant said the outbreak was caused by pollution of the Tano River that serves as the source of drinking water for over 10 communities along the river.

The DCE promised the assembly was going to assist in the setting up of a special camp for cholera cases to avoid further spread of the disease.
Mr. Dadieh appealed to people in the area to boil water they fetch from the Tano River before drinking.

There have been over 200 reported cases of cholera within the last four months in Accra. The death toll from the outbreak in Accra and its environs is now well over 30 and

still rising. Sources at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) say over 30 people had died from the latest outbreak.  

Media reports late last month had initially put the figures at 25 which were expected to rise following anticipated field reports from the Eastern region.

At the time, GHS Public Health Director, Dr. Kwesi Amankwah told Radio XYZ that for the past 16 weeks, 1773 people had been infected mainly in the Greater Accra and Eastern regions.

GNA

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