The Doctor in charge of the Ketu South District Hospital of the Volta Region, Dr. Asare-Bediako has called on residents in the District to allay their fears on the reported outbreak of a disease in the area.

Dr. Bediako in an exclusive interview with Today said the disease which symptoms include excessive coughing, sneezing and chest pains is not as serious as it has been reported in the media.

Various media outlets, that quoted the Ghana News Agency (GNA) as source, reported that residents at the eastern border including workers of the Customs Exercise and Preventive Service (CEPS) and other security agencies were experiencing the outbreak of the disease.

So far about 3,000 people in Atisukope, Atorkukope, Mifetukope and Abeliakope communities are affected by the disease, the report also continued that people living in parts of neighbouring Lome, Togo, have also been affected by the disease.

This figure according to Dr. Asare-Bediako was not correct as his outfit had only recorded fewer cases which they have treated and discharged.

?We have only recorded 12 reported cases and we have treated and discharged them, none of them was hospitalized ?,? he emphasized.

He attributed the outbreak to ?a possible inhaling of a chemical in the area? which he said personnel from the Disease Control Unit of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) were investigating.

The Ketu District Hospital Doctor also dismissed rumours that residents were suffering as a result of inhaling chemicals from the Diamond Cement factory at Aflao.

?Diamond cement factory has not introduced any new product and more so the areas affected experiencing this is about 5 kilometres or more away from the border?.?

He could however not readily give details of persons reported to be affected by the disease in Lome, which the media had alleged.

Residents were however, charged to report any noted case to the nearby hospital or clinic for treatment.

STORY: KWAKU NTI

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