Posted: Wednesday 3rd September 2014 at 15:06 pm

Government dispatches more cholera drugs as death toll nears 100


The Ministry of Health has dispatched more cholera drugs to hospitals across the country to ensure patients continue to access free treatment.

It follows Joy News’ investigations which revealed some cholera patients are made to pay for treatment, flouting the government’s directive to all public hospitals to treat cholera patients for free.

Patients who visited the Mamprobi Polyclinic on Tuesday were made to pay at least 75 cedis for infusion and Oral Rehydration Salts, which they were not receipted. Joy News’ Naa Dedei Tettey reports, the same could be said at the Kaneshie Polyclinic.

However, Public Relations Officer at the Health Ministry, Tony Goodman explained, the facilities were forced to charge for the treatment in order to restock and cater for the overwhelming number of cases that were reporting at the hospitals.

“As part of the national plan we gave all hospitals that started treating cholera a lot of infusions, but with the number of cases we are receiving…they will obviously ran out of medications so you need to give them more so that is what we are doing,” Mr. Goodman told Seth Kwame Boateng.

With the latest supply of additional drugs, public facilities are expected to continue giving free treatment to cholera patients, he added.

“We don’t want them to charge so we will continue to give them the necessary supply so they will continue to treat patients without collecting money”.

Death toll is nearing one hundred out of over 10,000 reported cases in 52 districts across seven of the country’s 10 regions, in just three months since the outbreak.

Deputy Health Minister on Tuesday told Joy FM government had requested the World Health Organisation (WHO) to conduct rapid assessment tests on oral cholera vaccines to be supplied to Ghana to halt the heightened rate of transmission.

  Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | [email protected]

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