MENINGITIS DEATH TOLL REACH 100

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Alex segbefia

Seven more Ghanaians have died from the
deadly Meningitis disease, raising the death
toll to 100 in nine out of 10 regions.
Health officials earlier reported that the
outbreak of the disease in the Jaman North
District of the Brong Ahafo Region, which
recorded the highest number of cases, had
reduced, while Jirapa and Nadowli Districts,
both in the Upper West Region, had recorded
rising numbers, Director of the Ghana Health
Service, Dr. Appiah Denkyira, told Class News’
Emefa Apawu on Tuesday 23 February 2016.
Asked if there had been any changes in
fatalities after the initial 93 recorded deaths,
Dr Denkyira said: “the number [of deaths] is
over 100, but as more cases come [to the
hospitals] the survival rate is increasing due to
early reporting”.
Authorities earlier declared the outbreak in
Brong Ahafo an epidemic and put the country’s
health facilities on high alert. Dr Appiah-
Denkyira singled out Meningococcal Meningitis
as a major public health challenge.
He said: “Outbreaks due to Meningococcal
Meningitis remain a major public health
challenge in the Meningitis belt.
All regions have reported cases except the
Central Region. Brong Ahafo is still the hardest
hit region. Eighteen districts from that region
have, so far, reported cases.
The Ghana Health Service said they had
undertaken field investigations and discovered
the predominant causative agent had been
identified to be Pneumococcus, which could be
treated with antibiotic.
A team from the Center for Disease Prevention
and Control (CDPC) from the USA is in Ghana
to replace the PCR machines stationed in
Tamale, provide additional laboratory radiance,
and assist in the training of laboratory and
epidemiology for health officials.

source : Starfmonline.com

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