GHS assures adequate logistics to fight possible Cholera outbreak

    /    May 3, 2017   /     Health, NewsBreak  /    0 Comments  /    246 Views

Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has assured of adequate logistics to all health facilities across the country as part of proactive measures to forestall possible cholera outbreak.

This was after his outfit issued a cholera alert to all regional health directors and warned of the risk of an outbreak this year (2017), as the rains set in with a possibility of flooding in some communities.

The service urged the various directorates to enhance surveillance of diarrhoea disease with weekly reporting of all cases of acute diarrhoea.

It also directed the directorates to update emergency preparedness and response plans on cholera and other diarrhoea related diseases.

All regions in 2014 confirmed cholera outbreaks, while one hundred and thirty districts representing 60.2% were affected.

There have been subsequent pockets of outbreaks with most recent in 2016, and early part of 2017, affecting Ashanti and Greater Accra regions and the Cape Coast Metropolis of Central Region.

Speaking to Michael Essel Mills on Daybreak Kapital on May 2, 2017, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare indicated that “in terms of logistics, we are stocking all our regional hospitals and our regional medical stores with enough cholera fluid, we are also stocking them with enough anti-biotic and to make sure that we have enough of this logistics in place in case there is any outbreak”.

Dr Nsiah Asare also said the GHS has instituted a 24/7 emergency response as health practitioners across the country have undergone training and will be deployed to the districts to intensify awareness and train other practitioners to contain the disease.

The Service he added, was liaising with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to ensure the right measures were put in place to avert any possible outbreak in the country.

Dr Asare has also advised the general public to visit the nearest health facility when they suspect symptoms of cholera.

He has also called for all to come on board as concerted efforts are needed in the fight against the disease.

Source: Hafiz Tijani |Kapital971.com

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