Makeshift health facilities for cholera
The Greater Accra Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service says the current cholera outbreak ravaging parts has reached pandemic proportions.
Health authorities in the region appear to be losing the battle against the disease which has claimed more lives in Accra in one week, compared to the dreaded Ebola disease in Sierra Leone and Liberia in the same period.
Over 3,000 cases have been recorded at various facilities across the region since June, claiming at least 40 lives as at Wednesday morning.
The La General Hospital alone has recorded over 700 cases with nine deaths.
Twenty-five of the cases were reported within six hours on Wednesday.
‘As far as Accra is concerned this is a complete outbreak,’ Deputy Director of Public Health at the Regional Health Directorate, Dr John Eleeza disclosed.
He said his office has directed authorities at the La Dadekotopon Municipality to find space in other health centres within the assembly and send some of the cases there to relieve the pressure on La General Hospital.
Dr Eleeza blamed the continuous spread of the disease on people’s disregard for hygienic practices despite the public education campaigns.
People must always ensure that they eat food hot and boil water before drinking if they are not sure of the source, he admonished.
There would be a reduction in the number of reported cases in the coming days, Dr Eleeza added.
Accra has been battling with filth in recent times as heaps of uncollected refuse are littered along many streets, compelling the Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, to issue a 10-day ultimatum to city authorities to clear all the filth.
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