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General News of Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Source: citifmonline

Accra floods leave 75 infected with cholera

Seventy-five cases of cholera have so far been recorded in the Accra Metropolis following the floods that hit some suburbs of Accra a week ago.

Out of the number, 67 were recorded last week alone. No deaths have, however, been recorded though.

According to the AMA Public Health Directorate, the majority of the cases emanate from the Odorna area.

These revelations were made at a public sensitisation forum at the Odorna Market by personnel of the Public Health Directorate of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.

Dr. Simpson Anim-Boateng in an interview with Citi News said, “this week although the week is not ended, we have recorded only eight cases and it is an indication that the trend is coming down."

“We are thinking that it is as a result of the measures we are putting in place.

"We knew it was going to come and we alerted the public that they should be ready for a cholera outbreak because most of the houses in the City do not have toilets in them," Dr. Anim-Boateng noted.

"Close to 70 per cent of the houses do not have toilet facilities and some of them have resorted to defecating indiscriminately into polythene bags and throwing them into drains and open spaces.

“So when the flood occurred we knew that all these things were going to be carried into people’s homes, contaminating food and water sources.”