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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ghana : Suspected cholera outbreak in Atebubu District

Article via The Ghanaian Chronicle, excerpt :

" The Atebubu District Directorate of the Ghana Health Services is alarmed over the increasing rate of diarrhoea cases being recorded in the area, and which has already recorded one death. Madam Domitilla Depkuur, District Director of Ghana Health Services, told The Chronicle that her outfit had so far recorded 162 cases of diarrhoea, which prompted the Health Directorate to sendstool specimens of suspected patients to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for diagnosis.

According to the District Health Director, two of the specimens sent to Komfo Anokye for diagnosis proved to be cholera.

She, however, indicated that though the two had been proven to be positive, her office was yet to determine that cholera had broken out in the area.
So far, the majority of the cases were reported from Atebubu Zongo and Konkomba line, but Madam Domitilla Depkuur said the Health Directorate had embarked on a massive general environmental cleanliness sensitisation campaign to educate the people.

She added that the district has enriched it dispensary and has reactivated its Epidemic Response Unit/Committee to help curb the situation."

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