Ghana is never an isolated from disease outbreaks and epidemics. Just like any other country in the world, the rise in population size, climate change and issues of sanitation have a large impact on the determination of possible disease outbreaks in the country.
This article will be exploring some major disease outbreaks that could pose a grave threat to Ghana should it strike in the course of the year. It is to these reasons that Ghanaians will just be praying against this occurrence.
1. Swine Flu
Just recently, Ghana was hit hard by a strange outbreak of Swine Flu across some schools in the country. This development saw the officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as the Ministry of Health come together to find the lasting solution to this scary outbreak.
Deaths were recorded at the Kumasi Academy SHS as over 5 students died in the process. In 2018, there are high expectations that the advent and spread of the H1NI virus will be a thing of the past.
Cholera continues to be a grave issue for Ghanaians and government as well. there is no denying the fact that the country has been hit by outbreaks of Cholera as way back as 1970. The country, according to data, 60 percent of all districts in the country suffered cases of Cholera outbreak with 30,000 new cases and over 250 deaths reported. This trend, most Ghanaians are hoping, will be managed in 2018.
Meningitis has always made its way to the headline especially during the beginning and end of the year. In 2016, the outbreak ravaged communities and households.On January 26, 2016, 153 people were said to be diagnosed with Meningitis as 32 others died in the process.
Bacterial meningitis is caused by several bacterial pathogens but Neisseria meningitidis (Nm), Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenza type B represent the triad causing over 80% of all cases of bacterial meningitis.
Ebola is one of the viral diseases that has ravaged some West African countries in the past years. The emergence of the virus in 2016 shocked the entire world as thousands of innocent lives got killed in the wake of the spread.
The outbreak, which struck Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has been seen as one of the scariest and deadly outbreaks in recent African history. Ghana has been on the safer side of this outbreak and Ghanaians are just hoping it never emerges in the country.
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