Health News of Thursday, 20 September 2012
Information reaching Today indicates that ten (10) people have died from cholera outbreak in some parts of the Volta Region. According to the sources, five of the deaths were recorded in Akatsi South while the sixth death was recorded in Adidome and four were recorded at the Battor-Aveyime Traditional area in the North Tongu District.
Insiders revealed that about fourteen (14) electoral areas in the Akatsi District and North and Central Tongu Districts in the region are all battling with the disease, for which several people have been hospitalised at Battor Roman Catholic Hospital, Akatsi and Sogakope Government Hospital in the region.
Speaking on various media networks to confirm the deaths of the people in the region, the Assemblyman for the Wute Electoral Area, Sammy Wuadi, said the cholera outbreak did not come as a surprise and that the people are being conscientised to keep their surroundings clean.
According to Mr. Wuadi, the situation is gradually abating following the strategies put in place by the Environmental Health Directorate to forestall the spread.
Environmental Health Assistant in the Akatsi South District, who pleaded anonymity, told Today that residents in the region are being advised to desist from drinking from the Tordji River which is believed to have been contaminated. “We suspect that that is the source of the cholera outbreak and we are also educating them to be careful with the food they eat,” they said.