3 out of 10 food vendors in Volta Region have Hepatitis B – Health officer

3 out of 10 food vendors in Volta Region have Hepatitis B – Health officer

An Environmental Health Officer, Madam Cynthia Sekyere, has revealed that three out of ten food vendors in the Volta Region are suffering from Hepatitis B.

According to her, the situation is dangerous and can cause more harm if proper monitoring is not done.

Madam Cynthia Sekyere is the Municipal health officer of the Nkwanta South Municipality in that region.

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She described the situation as very alarming which needs urgent attention.

According to her, the infection of the food vendors is as a result of poor sanitation and failures on their part to seek proper medical care.

Madam Sekyere noted that most of the people in the area do not have access to potable water, engaged in open defecation, and improper hygiene in the homes, which worsen some of these health conditions.

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She further disclosed that previously, typhoid fever was the leading illness among the vendors, with over 2,000 cases recorded in the municipality.

Madam Sekyere, however, revealed that through the intervention of World Vision “WASH” programme, the Nkwanta South Municipality has helped provide good water to some communities, and also helped them to build their own household latrine, to help curb the menace.

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