wpid-08-28-who-guinea-worm.jpgThe Asante-Akim South District Health Director, Mr. Danso Yeboah, has appealed to people to report suspected cases of guinea worm in their communities to the health authorities.

The call comes ahead of the World Health Organization?s (WHO) assessment ? a process leading to Ghana?s certification by the specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) concerned with international public health, as ?guinea-worm free?.

The last case of the disease was seen in the country in year 2010 and the WHO?s assessment is expected to be done in June.

Mr. Yeboah said it required the collective effort of all stakeholders to make sure that the disease had indeed been completely eradicated before the international team arrived.

This was important because they were going to randomly visit communities to convince themselves of the real situation on the ground.

He was contributing to discussions on health matters at the first ordinary meeting of the district assembly held at Juaso.

Mr. Yeboah urged the assembly members to sensitize people in their electoral areas to help them to appreciate the need to be on the lookout for the disease.

He announced cash reward of GH?200.00 to anyone who reported one confirmed case of the disease.

The district has zero record of the disease but he said that should not make the people complacent ? they should be vigilant since it could be imported from outside the area.

Source: GNA

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