The Ghana Health Service has banned the sale of food on the streets across the country.
The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Appiah said the directive is to help it tackle and stop the spread of cholera in the country.
The disease has claimed over 80 lives with more than 10,000 cases recorded across the country.
The Greater Accra region has recorded the highest number of cases so far.
The Ghana Health Service has also banned the use of plastic and other polythene bags in the country.
Speaking to Citi News, Dr. Appiah said the directive will ensure the necessary hygienic conditions are maintained to avert a further spread of the disease.
“We have a problem and cholera is at hand, we will look at all the options and ensure that what is not hygienic is not encouraged,” he said.
On Tuesday government in a desperate attempt to end the growing number of cholera cases has initiated discussions with the World Health Organization (WHO) to supply vaccines to help bring the situation under control.
According to the WHO, Ghana’s highest number of recorded cholera cases was 14,160 in 1983. Therefore, the 2014 outbreak with the recorded 10,000 cases, could be the second highest.
Speaking to Citi News, Deputy Health Minister, Victor Bampoe said the vaccine from the WHO is one of the short-term measures being implemented by government to address the situation.
He disclosed that there are two potent oral vaccines and the government is working with the WHO to “see whether Ghana qualifies to use the vaccines in the current epidemic.”
The outbreak has also created panic in across the country as health workers battle to contain the cholera disease.
By: Marian Efe Ansah/citifmonline/Ghana