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Traditional authorities to place moratorium on funerals

2008-02-22 22:40:56
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Traditional authorities in the three Northern Regions have been called upon to place a moratorium on funeral performances to avert the outbreak of Cerebral Spinal Meningitis in the area.

Mr. Noble Asakeya Alagskomah, a Public Health Practitioner, made the call on Friday in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

Mr. Alagskomah, who is also a former Assembly Member for the Zaare electoral area said there was the high possibilities of people being affected by CSM at funeral grounds due to large gathering, as has been proved scientifically.

He therefore emphasized the need for traditional authorities to place a moratorium on funeral performances till next year to avert the outbreak of the disease.

He urged the Ghana Health Services (GHS) to intensify its public education on the diseases and to collaborate with the District Assemblies to form more community volunteers to stand by in case of any eventuality.

Mr. Alagskomah also expressed fears of the possibility of an outbreak of other diseases, which may occur in the regions as a result of last year’s flood disaster that hit the area and appealed to the Ghana Health Services to put in place the necessary health measures to curb any epidemic.


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