YEN.com.gh has gathered that about 50 inmates of the Kumasi Central Prison have been affected by an outbreak of the Tuberculosis virus.
According to the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Elizabeth Agyemang, 12 inmates have received treatment at the Komfo Anokye Hospital, while the remaining are being quarantined from the rest of of the prison population for special medical care.
The minister noted that the facility which was built to house only 800 inmates in the early 1900s, currently has a population of over 1,800.
This congested situation at the facility, according the minister, is possibly one contributing factor to the spread of the virus.
The rise in the Tuberculosis virus has reached a record high over the last few months.
According to a National Prevalence Survey, an average of about 122 cases of Tuberculosis are detected in Ghana every day.
The disease ranks alongside HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of death worldwide.
The World Health Organization in a recent report revealed that the TB/HIV co-infection rate currently stands at about 22%.
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