The Ministry of Health has set up cholera treatment centres in parts of the Cape Coast metropolis to deal with the recent outbreak of cholera.
Over 150 cases have so far been recorded with no deaths.
Speaking at a press conference today, the Head of Disease Surveillance at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie, explained that the public health emergency management committee has been activated to deal with the situation.
“We have confirmed a cholera outbreak at Cape Coast metropolis in the Central Region. The outbreak started on 21st October this year with the first case reported at Cape Coast University on that date,” Dr. Sarkodie noted.
Whilst the the treatment centres have been set up, Dr. Sarkodie said, “we still think the population continues to be at risk. The affected population continues to be at risk and for that matter; there is the need to intensify whatever we are doing.”
He explained further the measures being put in place highlighting that, “surveillance and laboratory confirmation is very important so that we know what we are dealing with so we are taking steps with every suspected case. We first do rapid diagnostics tests to know exactly what we are handling.”
“All regions and districts have been put on high alert and we have sent alerts to all the regions and districts through the regional health directorate and district health directorate,” Dr. Sarkodie added.
By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline.com/Ghana