Takoradi, Sept. 25, GNA – The Western Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang on Thursday disclosed that cholera cases in the region are increasing steadily.
He said so far 12O cases have been recorded in nine districts with one death and warned residents to ensure personal hygiene and maintain proper sanitary conditions to avoid the infection.
‘You should wash your hands with soap and running water, eat hot meals and maintain proper hygiene to avoid infections,’ he explained.
Dr Tinkorang made the disclosure at the launch of this year’s Family Planning Week Celebration in Takoradi.
The event, which coincided with the World Contraception Day on the theme: ‘It’s Your Life, It’s Your Future: Plan It Well,’ brought together traditional leaders, heads of department, health partners and students.
The Minister of Health, Dr Kweku Agyemang Mensah in a speech read on his behalf announced that family planning services would soon be enrolled onto the National Health Insurance Scheme to enable subscribers enjoy the benefits, as a cost-effective way of reducing maternal deaths and improve reproductive health.
This he said is geared towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals Four and Five.
He noted that as long as young people remain sexually active, there is the need to make information on reproductive health available and guide them to make informed decisions about family planning.
He said the week-long celebration would create awareness on the use of contraceptives and address rumours and misconceptions surrounding the usage of family planning methods.
The Paramount Chief of Essikadua, Nana Kobina Nketsia IV, who chaired the function, entreated couples and adults who are sexually active to take responsibility for their actions.
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