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CSM Claims 11 Lives in Bawku

2007-04-13 09:58:30
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Eleven people reportedly died of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) from January to March this year at various health facilities in the Bawku municipality.

A total of 134 cases were also reported within the same period whilst 39 cases were recorded in the first week of April. The month of March recorded the highest number of cases at 128, with four deaths, January, four cases with two deaths, February, two cases with two deaths whilst April recorded three deaths. CSM is a bacteria causing organism which affects the central nervous system of human beings during the hot season and is an airborne disease transmitted from human to human.

Dr. William Duodu, Municipal Director of Gana Health Services, disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Bawku on Thursday.

He said though the situation was reaching the epidemic threshold, it was under control and there was no need for alarm, adding that no cases have been reported in the second week of April.

Dr. Duodu explained that much public education had been carried out earlier on whilst vaccination was done and was still been done. He indicated that a team from the Navrongo Health Research Center was in the municipality monitoring the situation and at the same time attending to infected people.

Dr. Duodu pointed out that most of the cases emanated from the rural communities and appealed to them to sleep in well ventilated places to avoid being infected.

He said the vaccination exercise was free of charge and wondered why in spite of rigorous campaigns people had not availed themselves of the exercises.


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