Cholera Outbreak Reported in Western Ghana
Ghana Moderate // Epidemic
Health authorities in Tarkwa Nsuem in Ghana's Western Region reported that over the past two weeks, they had recorded a total of 63 cholera cases. The patients include 22 females and 41 males. The outbreak has been blamed on poor hygiene, although no fatalities have been reported yet. According to Dr. Ebenezer Acquah, the medical superintendent at the Tarkwa Government Hospital, unless the residents in the area change their unsanitary means of living, the situation won't improve. He added that people don't prioritize hygiene, adding that they defecate and simply leave their feces in plastic bags and throw them them in gutters. This practice poses a risk, especially when it rains because the fecal matter tends to spread all over the place. Dr. Acquah also raised concerns regarding the water sachets produced in the area, along with the quality of food being sold there. He then urged the public to be cautious when buying food or water. Moreover, Okatakyei Amankwah Afrifah of Dynamite FM stated that the sanitary situation in the area has already gotten out of hand. He said that Tarkwa's population has outgrown the sanitary facilities set up by the city government. He proposed that the solution is to kick off the relocation of refuse dumps. Meanwhile, Tarkwa's municipal chief executive Christina Kobinah reported that the Assembly has deployed crews to fumigate five neighborhoods with the most number of cholera cases.
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