Pneumococcal Meningitis Cases decreasing - Ghana Health Service

Revelations by the Public Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service indicates that meningitis cases within the country are decreasing.

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Revelations by the Public Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service indicates that meningitis cases within the country are decreasing.

Ghana has been battling with Meningitis for the past three months, with over 83 deaths so far being recorded and about 400 infected.

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But speaking to Pulse.com.gh, Dr. Badu Sarkodie, Director, Public Health Division of the Ghana Health Service, said due to intensive education campaigns being undertaken by his outfit, the country is witnessing a drop in cases of meningitis.

"...Indeed, the districts, most of them that went into the epidemic threshold, they are coming down. Tain went epidemic, it is coming down and it is close to the alert threshold again. And the other districts are Nkoranza, all those are coming down. Periodically, there may be one or two or more cases, when they don't report early then they add up to the deaths," he explained.

Dr. Sakodie added that his outfit is monitoring closely to ensure that areas that went to the epidemic threshold come down.

"We are doing intensive public education in all the communities, the regions, and the districts. The people have to report early...We have put mechanisms for early detection. We are having education with gender population to prevent the risk factors," he added.

The disease which began in Tain in the Brong Ahafo region in December 2015, spread to other areas including the Brong Ahafo, Northern, Ashanti, Eastern, Volta, Greater Accra, Upper West, Upper East and Western regions.

RELATED: Pneumococcal Meningitis now an epidemic - Prof Binka

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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