Posted: Monday 18th August 2014 at 18:06 pm

Cholera cases will not cease if… – NGOs Coalition


Executive Secretary of the Coalition of NGOs in the WASH sector, Ben Arthur has warned that cholera cases and deaths in the country would persist each year if the necessary steps are not taken.

According to him, the situation could only be managed if there is change in the curative approach to dealing with the bacteria infection.

“So far as it is an annual occurrence; to the extent we are having numbers into hundreds and thousands, then it means we have not done well,” he said.

He therefore called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders as the country strategizes to improve upon the situation.

He added, law enforcement should be one of the elements to bring about attitudinal change. “When we are able to manage it this time; next year by this time, am sure we’ll be talking about [something good].”

Somewhere last week, reports showed that more than 3,000 cholera cases had been recorded with 40 deaths in the Greater Accra region alone since July. Sixteen (16) of the fatalities were recorded in just a week.

A total of 604 cases and eight deaths were recorded at the La General Hospital in the same month, out of which three died just last week.

The facility has been over stretched with handling the increasing cholera cases.

The cholera unit at the infirmary was originally designed to cater for 13 patients but it received far more than the approved number and therefore patients had to be treated on benches and in chairs.

At the Osu Korle Klottey area where the Ridge Hospital and the Adabraka Polyclinic are located, a total of 426 cases were recorded in July and in the early days of August, 202 cases had been chronicled.

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