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Health News of Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Ghana’s cholera outbreak worst in 30 years

Cholera outbreak in Ghana has hit a record 17,000 cases with 150 deaths. The last time Ghana suffered such a staggering number of cholera cases was in 1982.

Signs of the cholera outbreak were on the wall after heavy rains consistently exposed most markets in Accra filthy. Foul smell of rubbish assailed the air as it sat by road sides and remained uncollected for days.

Health officials warned that the disease caused by poor sanitary conditions and lack of good hygienic practices could break out.

In July this year, the prediction became real with cases first reported in Accra. Most of the cases are from La Community, some from Osu,Teshie.

Since then, the rise has been unrelenting with health facilities overburdened.

The Greater Accra Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service in August officially declared the outbreak ravaging parts as an epidemic.

All regions in Ghana except the Northern Region have recorded cases.

Ghana has so far been saved from a more deadly pandemic, Ebola, which has killed over 3,000 people in West Africa.