Dr Agyemang Mensah

Dr Kwaku Agyemang Mensah, Health Minister

A Total of 104 new cholera cases, including two deaths have been reported from 11 districts in five regions of the country.

The cases were recorded in the Greater Accra, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Eastern and Central regions.

In Accra, Ga South, Ga West, Kpone-Katamanso, La Dadekotopon and Ledzokuku-Krowor districts recorded a total of 72 cases and no deaths.

The Wenchi and Asunafo North districts in the Brong Ahafo Region recorded nine cases and two deaths, while the Bole District in the Northern Region recorded 11 cases, Nsawam-Adoagyiri in the Eastern Region, one case and Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese in the Central Region also recording 11 cases with no deaths.

The figure, however, shows a decrease in the number of new cases of cholera recorded as of November 23-29, 2014 as compared to previous weeks under review.

The Upper East Region is also in the situation to declare the end of an outbreak since no new cases have been reported for the past two weeks in the region.

217 Deaths

Cumulatively, the total number of cholera cases stands at 27,967including 217 deaths reported from 129 districts in all the 10 regions in the country.

The case fatality rate of the sickness has been pegged at 0.8 percent.

Health authorities have noted that as the case incidence comes down significantly, the regions should ensure that districts and facilities do laboratory tests for all suspected cases.

The Ministry of Water Resources/Ghana Water Company has also been tasked to ensure the supply of safe water (chlorinated water) to affected communities.

Mass community education and social mobilisation with announcements on cholera prevention in the affected areas have also been advocated.

The outbreak of cholera in the country which began in April has recorded many preventable deaths among the populace, leading to an outburst of public outcry on poor sanitary environment in places which recorded the cholera cases.

The government through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in response to the cholera outbreak instituted a national sanitation day programme spearhead by Julius Debrah, where every first Saturday of the month would be used for national clean-up exercise across the country.

This initiative is envisaged to help solve the sanitation problem of the country.

The programme has not been entirely successful as there is strong apathy among the people.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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