There is an upsurge in the reported cases of cholera in Accra as the deadly disease is said to have killed a number of people within the metropolis.
Sources said health facilities in the capital had been inundated with cases of cholera over the past one month.
According to the Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate, cases of increase of cholera were detected about three weeks ago at a time government had launched a nationwide clean up exercise in collaboration with Zoom Alliance, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
The multi-million cedi clean-up project being supervised by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development under Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has taken off with little or no impact as people continue to die of cholera especially in Accra.
A journalist is said to have been a victim of the disease at the Mataheko area.
“The Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate wishes to inform the general public that there has been an increase of cholera cases with reported deaths over the last three weeks in the region,” a statement issued in Accra yesterday signed by Honesty Numetu, Health Promotion Specialist for the regional director said.
Residents have been told to adopt measures to curtail the outbreak of the deadly disease.
“In case of diarrhea and vomiting start taking ORS/coconut water and report immediately to the nearest health facility,” it advised.
Over 4,000 reported cases and 64 deaths were recorded nationwide following a similar outbreak that hit the country during the first quarter of the year.
At the time, the Accra metropolis was leading with 2,756 cases and 31 deaths.