93 Meningitis Deaths Recorded So Far In Ghana

The number of Meningitis-related deaths since the outbreak of the disease is 93, out of 2,182 cases, Minister of Health Alex Segbefia has disclosed to journalists at a press briefing on Friday 15 April 2016.

Cerebro Spinal Meningitis

Ghana is known for seasonal outbreaks of Cerebrospinal Meningitis from October to March, but different strains identified as Pneumococcus Meningitis and Meningococcal Meningitis have been responsible for a high number of deaths in the latest outbreak, which began late last year.

Cerebro Spinal Meningitis
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So far, 59 districts and nine regions have been affected.

The Minister noted that initially, six districts in the Brong Ahafo Region reached epidemic levels. The districts were Tain, Sene West, Wenchi, Techiman North, Nkoranza South, and Jaman North. In addition, three districts in the Upper West Region were also declared as epidemic zone. The districts included Jirapa, Nadowli and Nanton.

However, the districts have been cleared of their epidemic tags and no meningitis deaths have been recorded in the past month.

According to the minister, “The districts have responded well to the adequate measures put in place” and have all “come out of the epidemic levels. For the past four weeks, no deaths have also been recorded.”

He also pointed out that the ministry is enhancing laboratory and surveillance capacity development across the country and expressed his condolences to families who lost relatives to the disease.

The Ministry further assured the public of its continued efforts at eradicating Meningitis in the country.

Source: ClassFMonline.com

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