Cholera Alert: Adhere to good sanitary practices - Ghana Health Service warns

Cholera Alert: Adhere to good sanitary practices - Ghana Health Service warns

With the rainy season setting in and the insanitary practices by the masses of Ghanaian citizens, the Ghana Health Service seems worried about a possible cholera outbreak in the country

The Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate has cautioned the public on the potential outbreak of cholera and other infectious diseases in the Region.

The Directorate said with the rains coupled with poor sanitary conditions and other prevailing circumstances, it was likely to experience these infectious diseases.

A statement signed by the Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Service, Dr (Mrs) Charity Sarpong, said in order to prevent these diseases, the public should adhere to maintaining food and water safety.

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They should drink safe water, wash fruits and vegetables well before eating. Also the public should cover food always, eat food that is served hot and free from dust, flies and dirt," she said

According to the statement the public should always wash hands with soap under safe running water after using the toilet, before eating or preparing food, before feeding a baby, before serving meals and after taking care of sick persons.

The statement said cholera could be prevented by keeping the environment clean by not defecating in the open rather use toilet facility, clean toilet and surfaces contaminated with faeces with disinfectant and keep uncollected rubbish covered.

The statement advised that persons who showed symptoms of diarrhea should start taking Oral Rehydrated Salt (ORS) immediately or report immediately to a nearby facility for treatment.

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