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Cholera Hits Bilpeila

2007-08-14 21:46:00
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The Tamale Metropolitan Health Directorate is putting in place measures to eradicate the current cholera outbreak which has hit the Bilpeila sub metro.

In this regard it is embarking on an intensive outreach programme to educate residents on preventive measures.

Additionally, health facilities are being given the necessary logistics to help save the lives of infected persons as well as curtail the rate of infection.

According to the Metropolitan Health Director, Dr John Abenyeri, the Epidemic Management Committe in the area is working assiduously to reduce the number of cholera related cases and deaths.

He said the commitee which is a multisectoral one, is made up of the Environmental Health Division, Waste and Management Division and the National Disaster Management (NADMO).

Others are, the Information Services Department (ISD), Ghana Education Service (GES) and other non-governmental organisations (NGO’s).

He said the Environmental Health Division is embarking on a house to house sensitisation programme whilst the Waste Management Division is embarking on a disinfection exercise in the area identified to be prone to the ailment.

Dr. Abenyeri explained that after investigations, it is suspected that people in the community drunk from a contaminated pond in the area.

He said water supply to this area was interrupted for two weeks.
Within these two weeks, residents in the community had to depend on the pond for domestic use.

It is believed that the water was contaminated after a heavy downpour during the period.

He said, his outfit has appealed to Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in the area to restore water supply for the meantime or provide tankers that would supply clean water to residents.

Dr Abenyeri said prior to the confirmation of the outbreak, a team of investigators visited the area to assess its sanitary conditions, water and food and came out with the findings that it was due to insanitary conditions.

He explained that the first case of cholera was reported on August 5th with the number of reported cases currently standing at 20.

He said the disease has claimed the lives of thirteen residents including three which were not reported at any of the metropolitan’s health facilities.

Dr Abenyeri however appealed to all residents to observe personal hygiene and report to the metropolitan directorate all deaths linking to the disease for assistance.

He also announced that the treatment of cholera was free and
therefore residents should report the symptoms.


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