Cholera epidemic: GHS call for nationwide ban on food vending

The Ghana Health Service has called for a ban on street vending across the country as a measure to fighting the alarming cholera outbreak in the country.

Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr Appiah Denkyira says environmental officers will be deployed to enforce the ban if it is imposed.

Such foods sold by the road side may either be destroyed and the sellers prosecuted, the Director General hinted.

It is a desperate measure to fight the cholera epidemic which has claimed over 90 lives with over 10,000 cases recorded across the country.

The nation’s capital, Accra leads the pack with over 42 deaths and some 5000 recorded cases. Six other regions have also recorded cases and deaths.

Dr Appiah Denkyira told Joy News’ Seth Kwami Boateng, the cholera epidemic is “getting out of hand but there is a way out.”

The Service is also championing the ban on the use of plastic and other polythene bags in the country.

The new measures has attracted some criticisms by stakeholders.

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