- The Ghana Health Services has urged its Regional Directors to raise their anti-cholera and diarrhea awareness campaigns
- The increased initiative is due to the increased rain probability in light of the upcoming rainy season
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has issued a reminder to all Regional Directors of the Health Services of an increased probability of a Cholera outbreak in light of increased downpours during the upcoming rainy seasons.
In its letter to Regional Directors the GHS pointed out that the increased chances of floods when it rains, added to an increased cholera risk factor made the likelihood of a recurrent outbreak pretty high. Letter related that all these factors made the need for prevention and preparedness necessary.
According to the Health Service, certain cities and communities have poor sanitation, inadequate safe and/or potable water supplies, and a poor food hygiene practices. This coupled with the fact that there are intense population movements in and out of major cities.
In light of this, the GHS has directed urged its regional bodies to augment its diarrhea surveillance activities in order to identify key factors through lab studies.
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Regional Directors have also been directed to up their community campaigns that address prevention and preparedness towards diseases like Diarrhea and cholera.
Over the last few years, major Ghanaian cities have been hit hard with cholera and hygiene related diseases. The year 2014 saw a sharp rise in cholera cases, with 130 confirmed case in all ten regions.
Lower cases were confirmed in the year 2016, while the first quarter of three major regions – namely Greater Accra, Ashanti Region, and the Central Region all recording cases.
In April 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a national cholera prevention campaign in Agbobloshi, Greater Accra. The initiative was supported by the WHO, USAID/Global Communities, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health.
The initiative hoped to reach all people and communities in Ghana.