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Health News of Friday, 12 June 2015

Source: citifmonline.com

Five cholera cases recorded in Accra

Following the recent flood disaster, five new cases of cholera have been recorded and doctors fear there could be more unreported cases.

The reported cases were recorded on Thursday and linked to the insanitary conditions residents and survivors of the twin disasters have been living in.

Over 11,000 cases of the water borne disease were recorded last year, which claimed the lives of over 100 people.

The Acting Metro Director of Health Services, Dr. George Mensah revealed this when Citi FM and other partners donated to some of the victims in Adabraka in Accra.

“We do not want you to be part of the statistics so please…make sure you do the right things,” he advised.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health had said it was on alert and ready to prevent any possible cholera outbreak due to the recent flooding.

According to the Ministry, their action is to ensure that there is not a recurrence of the cholera outbreak last year.

In an earlier interview with Citi News, Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia had said his Ministry will engage all stakeholders in order to achieve the cholera-free goal.

“Because of the nature of the amount of water that has flowed, we should also start planning or taking preventive action for the likes of cholera so that we will not be caught in the same way that we were in the past,” he had added.

Cholera

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.