An Alert over the possible outbreak of cholera has been issued by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
A correspondence from the GHS, signed by the Director-General, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, disclosed that with the onset of the rainy season and other prevailing conditions in the country, the possibility of a cholera outbreak is high.
“As the rains have started to set in at certain locations of the country and will be getting to the peak season very soon, with the other existing prevailing risk factors, the risk for cholera outbreak is very high,” the statement said.
The GHS, therefore, cautioned the public against poor personal hygiene and urged them to adopt preventive measures to avoid contracting the disease.
It advised persons who show signs and symptoms of cholera to report immediately to the nearest health facility for free treatment.
While emphasizing that cholera is preventable, the GHS pointed out that the disease can be prevented “by improved environmental sanitation, personal hygiene and drinking safe water and frequent handwashing with soap under running water.”
Ghana experienced its highest cholera outbreak in 2014 when the GHS recorded a total of 28,975 cholera cases with 243 deaths from 130 out of the 216 districts in all 10 regions of Ghana.
The figure reduced to 618 reported cases countrywide with five deaths in 2015. In 2016, more than 150 cholera cases were again recorded in the Central Region with no known death recorded. The GHS also announced the confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the World Health Organisation, as May 8, two out of the five samples collected from suspected patients tested positive for EVD.
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