Meningitis cases reduce in Bole – Health director

The Bole District Health Directorate says the number of cases of the deadly of pneumococcal meningitis disease, have reduced drastically in the area.

According to them, they have not recorded any case since January 31, 2016.

The Bole District since the beginning of the year, recorded 23 suspected cases of different strain of meningitis out of which 12 tested positive while six persons lost their lives.

The Bole District Health Director, Bumawura Ewutomah Mahama, told the Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia, who paid a visit to some areas affected by the disease, that the reduction is as a result of an intensive education drive.

“We’ve done so much, we’ve trained about 330 community-based volunteers to help us give education in the communities. We’ve given orientation to all our health workers on the situation. We have held big durbars in the area. We have also gone to secondary schools to hold sensitization. We’ve gone to all the schools in the districts and we have been doing announcements and discussions on all the local radio stations,” he added.

He said currently, only a 13-year-old girl is still on admission at the Bole District Hospital, receiving treatment for a different case of meningitis.

The Minister of Health noted that 1,000 drugs have been sent to the Northern Region to help in the combat.

Alex Segbefia also added that the ministry is in talks with international health organizations to provide the country with test kits which he believes will help in fighting the disease.

He said the Ministry has also released an amount of GHc200,000 to help combat the disease in all affected areas.

By: Godwin A. Allotey & Lauretta Timah/

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