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Karaga and Gushegu Districts Rank Fourth in Guinea Worm Prevalence

2005-07-29 12:29:35
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The Karaga and Gushegu districts in the Northern Region rank fourth on the league table of reported cases of guinea worm in the country.

One hundred and ninety-eight cases of the disease had been reported in the twin districts with Tolon/Kumbugu, Savelugu/Naton and East Gonja Districts recording 691, 303 and 282 cases to place fist, second and third positions respectively.

National Programme Manager of the Guinea worm Eradication Programme, Dr Andrew Seidu Korkor, announced this at the launch of a sensitisation and education programme on guinea worm eradication at Karaga on Thursday.

Dr Korkor, who is also a Senior Medical Officer at the Tamale Hospital said the NGO had collaborated with the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) to recruit 6,200 women volunteers in guinea worm endemic villages to boost education and facilitate early detection, management and reporting of guinea worm cases.

The programme had also recruited technical assistants, National Service personnel, the United States Peace Corps and the Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers to strengthen supervisory activities at the district level.

Dr Korkor attributed the spread of the disease to the unavailability of safe drinking water, saying that only 40 per cent of the guinea worm endemic villages had one reliable source of potable water.

He said the programme was working closely with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and UNICEF to improve water supply in four guinea worm endemic communities in the Northern Region.

The beneficiary communities are Gburmani and Chirifoyili in the Tolon/Kumbugu District, Sang in the Yendi District and Diare in the Savelugu/ Nanton District.

source: joyfm

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