The University of Cape Coast [UCC] Hospital has recorded a third suspected case of cholera within a week. According to a Principal Nursing Officer of the Hospital, Esther Cobbinah, preliminary tests run on the individual showed evidence of “vibro cholerae” the bacteria responsible for causing cholera present. However, more conclusive tests are being run to confirm the case. Speaking with ultimate News’ Central regional correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour , Madam Cobbina indicated that over the past three  years the efforts of the health directorate within the region to cause a change in the lifestyles of people has consistently been defeated with the successive recording of cholera cases. As part of efforts to sensitize the public on the presence of the disease within the metropolis, the Cape Coast Health Directorate has intensified its campaign on cholera. A disease Control Officer, Benjamin Amoako, who also spoke to Starr News’ indicated that until there is an attitudinal change among the populace of the Central Region, cholera will surge. He explained that much is required of the populace in fighting the menace since much depended on the individual to uphold the principles of personal hygiene.The Metro disease control officer was also worried about the issue of sanitation since his office could not do much if the metropolis is engulfed with filth. He noted the Metro assembly needed to ensure the full compliance of sanitation bylaws. Mr Amoako believes tackling cholera takes a collective effort; particularly opinion leaders whose influences have a direct effect on community members. Meanwhile, the Directorate of Health Services [DHS], University of Cape Coast (UCC) last week cautioned people within the Cape Coast Metropolis to be vigilant as an outbreak of cholera looms. The caution was given at an emergency meeting with stakeholders of the University following two suspected cases of cholera that were recorded. The meeting was to sensitize stakeholders on the presence of the disease in the vicinity and the need to be vigilant in order to avoid contracting it and reduce its spread.
source: Kwaku Baah Acheamfour