The Public Health Director at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr Simpson Boateng, says the city authorities are intensifying efforts to control the spread of Cholera in the region.
Authorities at the Korle Bu Teaching Polyclinic, on Wednesday, ordered health facilities in the Greater Accra region to stop referring cholera cases to the facility.
The hospital said it is over stretched and cannot admit any more cholera patients.
The Korle Bu Polytechnic has since asked for a 72-hour break to decongest the facility
In an interview with Citi News, Dr. Simpson said spaces were available at other health facilities, adding that, the AMA had the situation under control.
“If Korle bu and La are saying they do not have the space it doesn’t mean the other health facilities do not have space,”he explained.
He also attributed the congestion at the various hospitals to the “improper distribution” of cholera patients to those hospitals.
“I think the distribution of the patients is also another thing. It is not proportionately distributed,” he added.
The number of cholera cases in the Greater Accra Region has increased from 3,600 to 5,000 with 45 deaths since July this year with cases also recorded in the Central and Ashanti Regions.
By: Benjamin Epton Owusu/citifmonline.com/Ghana