General News of Thursday, 4 August 2011
Medical officers in the Ashanti Region have begun a vigorous vaccination exercise against the spread of the deadly airborne disease, Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) at New Nsuta, a suburb of Obuasi.
Official are hopeful the exercise which is expected to last for a few days will help prevent further spread of the disease which has so far claimed five lives.
Two females and three males died after contracting the disease.
Fifteen people have already been hospitalised and two more persons are confirmed to have contracted the disease on Tuesday night August 2.
This puts the total number of persons infected so far at 17.
They have all been admitted at the Obuasi Government Hospital, where they are receiving treatment.
The Obuasi Municipal Director of Health Dr. Kwasi Amankwah has told Citi News there is no cause for alarm as efforts are in progress to contain the spread of the disease.
“So far we have something people but still five dead in the same area. The situation is under control because we haven’t had any death aside the five. And we have now gotten the vaccine and we are on the field for the vaccination” he noted.
Dr. Amankwah earlier told Citi News that he suspects the disease was brought into the town from a foreign source.
He advised, “One of the cardinal things to do is report it early, at most 30 minutes, when someone shows signs of the disease. When you report to the clinic early, you increase your chances of survival.
"You must avoid close contact with an infected person, and allow ventilation within rooms otherwise more people are likely to die".
Dr. Amankwah, nonetheless, assured the public that all hands were on deck; that health authorities in Obuasi were committed to curbing the epidemic to prevent the loss of more lives.
There were reports in 2010 that Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) had broken out in northern Ghana, killing about 27 people out of the 54 cases that were reported.
The meningitis disease which takes many forms is treatable.
Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM), an air-borne disease, is most feared because it is transmittable, fatal and spreads at an extremely fast pace.