Posted: Wednesday 30th July 2014 at 16:36 pm

Spate of cholera epidemic puts pressure on hospital facilities


The spate of cholera outbreak in parts of Accra has brought pressure on infrastructure at the various hospitals and clinics.

Health officials at the Maamobi Polyclinic have indicated that the increasing number of cholera cases referred from other hospitals to their facility was alarming.

Fifty-eight cholera cases have been recorded with one death so far at the clinic.

Most of the facilities visited by Joy News’ reporters Wednesday revealed that there were inadequate hospital beds to house ailing patients.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly, reports said had dispatched vans to affected areas in an attempt to intensify public awareness.

The areas, according to Simson Boateng, AMA Public Health Director are the Odawna, Agbogbloshie, Gbegbese,Sahara and all other cholera flash points.

Fifteen cholera patients were reported dead, out of over 870 cases in the Greater Accra Region since June this year.

Between June and July, the Greater Accra region has recorded a total of 878 cholera cases with the Accra metropolis alone recording 604 of the cases and eight deaths.

Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo reported that as at 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Regional Health Directorate had compiled about 200 cases from health facilities in the metropolis.

In the Ga West Municipality 10 cases have been recorded; Ga South, 4; La Nkwantana district, 12 and the La Dadekotokpon, 20, bringing the total to 176 cases.

Cholera is a disease contracted through faeces, and thus, people have been advised to wash their hands after visiting the toilets, apply good sanitation in their environments, and observe personal hygiene.

The public is expected to eat food while hot.
Health officials at the La General Hospital in Accra were compelled to turn away cholera patients since there were inadequate beds to contain the affected patients Tuesday.

The infirmary has so far recorded more than 170 cholera cases with five deaths.

Yesterday, the hospital turned its Out Patient Department (OPD) into a cholera unit to treat patients.

Nurses and doctors said the situation was overwhelming.

In March 2011, statistics on cholera in the Greater Accra region showed that 4,190 cases were recorded with 36 deaths.

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