Via The Statesman: Cholera on the rise: 1,200 cases reported, 19 dead. Excerpt:
After promising and failing to “take bold and comprehensive measures to deal with the appalling filth in our communities and its related health problems” in its first hundred days of office, the annual ritual cholera cases that have beset the nation since the Mills-Mahama led National Democratic Congress administration assumed the reins of office is here with us again.
According to figures from the Ghana Health Service, the death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Accra alone has risen to 19, with one thousand two hundred cases recorded so far.
At the moment, 600 people are bed ridden in various hospitals across the capital since the first case was reported last month. Worst hit areas include in the capital include Adabraka, Odawnaa, Nima, Maamobi, Newtown and Madina-Abokobi
New cases of the disease have also been recorded in the Eastern Region. Birim Central is reported to have so far recorded 49 cholera cases, Suhum 45 cases, while Lower Manya has reported 7. Two suspected cases have also been reported in Asuagyaman.
This development is reminiscent of the situation exactly the same time last year, where the outbreak of this disease resulted in 6,853 cases, with 82 deaths.
The Ghana Health Service has warned of the possibility of more cholera cases due to the lack of refuse dumping sites in the Accra metropolis. The Service says it is worried about the health implications of the improper disposal of waste generated by the estimated four million inhabitants of the capital.
According to Joseph Amankwa, Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, the poor sanitary conditions coupled with the non-adherence to personal hygiene practices are contributory factors to the outbreak.