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Guinea Worm Cases Increase in Wa East

2006-02-14 13:34:23
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ABOUT 260 guineaworm cases were recorded in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region last year. The figure shows an increase of 86 cases over the previous year’s recorded cases and the district health authorities see it as a serious problem.

The Wa East District Director of Health Services, Mrs Crescentia Duopar, gave the statistics here last Thursday at an end-of-year performance review meeting.

It brought together unit and sub-district heads and community health officers to take stock of their achievements and failures and to map out an appropriate strategic action plan for the future.

Mrs Duopar said that of the 260 cases, the Duccie Community alone accounted for 121 thus making it the most endemic area in the district.

She said that even though the number of endemic villages decreased from 48 in 2004 to 24 in 2005, the increase in the number of cases to 86 was a source of worry and a major challenge to the District Health Management Team.

She said that to help contain the situation, 4,000 cloth filters and 12,340 pipe filters have been distributed to endemic communities to treat the water before drinking. Intensive public education campaign is also underway in the area to educate the communities on methods to help reduce the number of guineaworm infection.

The District Public Health Nurse, Basilia Dakurah, urged health personnel to help identify performance gaps and their possible causes. with the view to improving upon them to enhance quality health care delivery services to the people.


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