Current statistical data on the cholera outbreak in the Greater Accra Region indicates that 4,190 cases had been recorded, with 36 deaths.
This became known when The Chronicle visited some selected hospitals in Accra to find out the state of the epidemic. According to Dr. Irene Agyepong Amarteyfio of the Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate, her outfit had requested the various facilities in the districts to check their summaries, in order to produce the final report.
Source: Nathaniel Y. Yankson, The Chronicle, 31 March 2011
Health officials are worried the rainy season, due to start in April, will fuel the spread of cholera. While Ghana has not pinpointed the source of the cholera bacterium, top health officials say poor sanitation systems and hygiene habits – including open defecation – are largely to blame for the epidemic, which they say is the worst in a decade. Authorities say it is time to crack down on open defecation, irregular rubbish collection and unhygienic food stands.
Source: IRIN, 31 March 2011-04-01
In a statement issued in Accra, the National Health Students Association of Ghana (NAHSAG) said it had been concerned about the cholera outbreak and was embarking on an awareness campaign in some parts of the Greater Accra and Eastern regions to educate Ghanaians on the need to adhere to strict personal and environmental hygiene to curtail the spread.
However, it said, if the graduates from the three schools of Hygiene – Ho, Korle-Bu and Tamale – since 2008 had been at post, this current situation, would have been brought under control earlier than anticipated, if not prevented.
Source: GNA / Business Ghana, 31 March 2011