Cerebrospinal Meningitis Meningitis claims 3 more lives in Northern Region

Surveillance of the disease in the district have been intensified in the region after a total of 30 cases of the disease was reported in the region.

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Three more lives have been lost to the cerebrospinal meningitis disease in the Northern Region.

Cerebrospinal Meningitis is a chronic medical condition which causes an inflammation of the membranes of both the brain and spinal cord.

This has been revealed by authorities of the Ghana Health Service.

Surveillance of the disease in the district have been intensified in the region after a total of 30 cases of the disease was reported in the region.

Residents are alarmed by the situation, despite the District Director of Health Services, Thomas Sennor's assurance that everything is under control.

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“We have stepped up surveillance and following up everywhere to find where there is a possible sickness of CSM, where there is a possibility that someone is dying of CSM and where there is possibility of the disease spreading.

He addd that “We are following up with education and appealing to people to report immediately to the hospital. We have education facilities set up in the churches, schools and market places as well as daily health education activities in the communities,” Thomas Sennor said.

Records coming from other parts of the  country reveal that over 100 people have been killed by pneumococcal and meningococcal meningitis since November last year.

Some 500 other cases were reported in various hospitals nationally.

The disease was first reported at Tain, a district in the Brong Ahafo region but spread quite quickly to other parts of the country.

Northern, Ashanti, Eastern, Volta, Greater Accra, Upper West, Upper East and Western regions have also recorded cases of the disease since it broke in December 2015.

Health Minister, Alex Segbefia assured that his ministry was working assiduously to curb the spread of the disease.

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