Ghanaian public put on alert as hospital records case of meningitis

Ghanaian public put on alert as hospital records case of meningitis

The Effutu Municipal Health Directorate has issued an alert on a recorded case of Meningococcal Meningitis (MM) at Gomoa East District.

A statement from the directorate said all health staff must be on the lookout for the key signs and symptoms and prevent the spread of the disease.

Classfmonline.com, which first carried the report by the directorate, quotes from the statement: “We are also entreating the various health management to ensure strict compliance of personal protective equipment as well as cough etiquette".

The directorate said it will use schools, churches and mosques as well as health facilities as channels to alert the general public.

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Also, the statement said all individuals who exhibit any of the signs and symptoms should visit the nearest health facility for proper care and treatment.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It is mostly caused by virus, fungi and bacterium. Outbreaks due to meningococcal meningitis remain a major public health challenge, particularly in the northern parts of the country.

The symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, convulsion, confusion, and vomiting.

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Health authorities say because meningitis is endemic in Ghana, a report of one case does not constitute an outbreak, even though enhanced surveillance is required to prevent a spread.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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