Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services (GHS), Dr Kofi Issah, says the directorate is more concerned with putting in place measures that will prevent a meningitis epidemic in the region.
Answering questions from journalists as to what the directorate is doing to prevent pneumococcal meningitis from killing people in the region, Dr Issah mentioned that “the Upper East Region is within the meningitis belt. As to whether one has cerebrospinal meningitis or pneumococcal meningitis, it will be diagnosed at the hospital. We don’t want anybody to get any of the types, it is advised that when people see symptoms, they should promptly report to the hospital and get treated.”
At the time of filing this report, the region had recorded 16 cases of meningitis with no deaths.
Dr Issah said the directorate has intensified its public health education on ways to prevent and curb the spread of meningitis, especially around this harmattan period.
DAILY GUIDE has learnt that there is enough logistics, drugs and other needed supplies to test and treat affected persons who report to any health facility for attention.
The health directorate has embarked on a capacity building programme to ensure that health workers are equal to the task and are able to handle cases when they report to the facilities.
Usually, the symptoms manifest themselves in the form of headache, stiff-neck, sore throat and feverishness and usually arise when people sleep in overcrowded rooms with very little ventilation outlets. It is advised that people drink more water around the hot season to avoid attracting any meningitis.
From Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga