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Health Alert 200 cholera cases recorded in Central Region

The outbreak started on October 21 after a patient was diagnosed with the disease at the University of Cape Coast hospital.

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The number of cholera cases recorded in the Central Region has increased to 200.

This was revealed by the Deputy Regional Director of Health in charge of public health at the Ghana Heath Service, Dr Kweku Karikari.

As of November 1, 2016, a total of 157 cholera cases with no deaths reported in the Cape Coast Metropolis but the cases has increased to 200.

Read more: Cholera hits Cape Coast

The outbreak started on October 21, 2016 after a patient was diagnosed with the disease at the University of Cape Coast hospital.

 

Speaking on Accra-based Class FM, Dr Karikari said, "We have over 200 cases; there is no death. We are on top of it. The only challenge is people’s habit and hand washing habits... It’s a behavioural thing. The only good thing is that it has not spread to the other districts... Two years [ago], there were too many deaths in the whole country…and this year we have to come back to the same thing."

See also: Cholera in Cape Coast; all you should know

He added that "When people do not do what they are supposed to do and in the end the cases end up at the hospital, we, the health people, are the ones who have to talk about it, but the issues are clear. [The cause] is the environmental sanitation and it’s the assembly’s work monitoring environmental sanitation. The fact is that people selling will have to be screened well; the environment in which they prepare their food. It is an environmental sanitation work, which is the assembly’s work."

Dr Karikari noted that "The habit of the people themselves too is a problem. It’s all behavioural. When there is no epidemic, people just relax and go back to their old habits. The assembly does not mind. The assembly either does not have the funds or doesn’t prioritise environmental sanitation and then we come back to square one."

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