Meningitis declared an outbreak in B/A

Meningitis declared an outbreak in B/A

- Menigitis has been declared an epidermic in the Brong Ahafo Region following 548 infections in less than three months

- The disease is feared to have killed over 90 persons in the region

- The WHO has pledged its assistance to Ghana's fight against the disease

Meningitis declared an outbreak in B/A

Pneumococcal meningitis is feared to spread most in the Brong Ahafo Region

The Ghana Health Service has declared a meningitis epidemic in the Jaman North district of the Brong Ahafo region as infection rates have risen to 548 with the deaths of 93 others in less than three months.

So far, the Brong Ahafo Region has been documented as the worst hit region since the disease broke last year , 2015. Government has thus deployed the needed clinical facilities to help contain the spread as the call on the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also been made.

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Disease Prevention and Control Officer at the WHO, Sally Ann Ohene has revealed that the WHO is currently on the ground providing clinical and logical support to the Ghana Health Service just so the disease is eradicated.

WHO has been working with the Ministry of Health throughout this outbreak that has been occurring. The support we have been giving has come in the form of making available the rapid diagnostic test kits that enables the diagnosis of Meningitis, she revealed.

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The epidemic which is feared to be spreading more than expected has further seen over 60 others seriously hospitalized following massive infections as health experts fear the recent strains remains most contagious and deadly than Cerebrospinal Meningitis.

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