Meningitis Ghanaians lack knowledge about Pneumococcal Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meninges). Causes include bacterial, viral, parasites and even chemical. 

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Majority of Ghanaians lack knowledge about the outbreak of Pneumococcal Meningitis in the Brong Ahafo region and parts of Ashanti region.

Over 30 people have died so far from the disease, which has created fear and panic among the populace.

RELATED: Five things you need to know about Pneumococcal meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meninges). Causes include bacterial, viral, parasites and even chemical. 

Transmission or spread of Pneumococcal Meningitis is by direct contact, including respiratory droplets from nose and throat of infected persons or carriers.

The Ministry of Health has asked the public to report to the nearest facility if they notice the above symptoms.

But it appears education on the disease has not been sufficient, as a section of Ghanaians spoke to lack general details about the disease.

A fried rice seller said "I don't know anything about it. I sell fried rice, and I don't know anything. If there will be more education on it, then we can learn about it."

Cynthia, who sells call credits at East Legon said "I've heard 32 people have died in the Brong Ahafo region so far. I was listening to radio and the presenter said you will have headache, some pains in the neck, sometimes there is feverishness, at least that is what I know for now. The whole nation needs to be educated."

Kwesi, a shoe dealer said he does not have details about the disease.

"I've heard that people have been saying it but I don't know anything about it. I haven't seen some before."

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