Meningitis death toll in Ghana rises to 93

The death toll from the outbreak of meningitis in Ghana has reached 93, a senior public health official said here on Monday.

Cerebro Spinal Meningitis

Dr Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), told a press conference that cases recorded in nine out of the ten regions of the country had leaped from last week’s 456 to 548 since December, with the death rate now standing at 16 percent.

Cerebro Spinal Meningitis
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Dr Denkyira said outbreaks due to pneumococcal meningitis remained a major public health challenge in the meningitis belt.

According to him, the weather continues to be harsh, making it easy for the occurrence of sporadic cases but, with enhanced surveillance, cases will be detected early and managed with available appropriate antibiotics.

The Ministry of Health has also provided funds and other logistics to combat the outbreak.

Meningitis is a serious and potentially fatal disease caused by different bacteria, the commonest of which are pneumococcal, neisseria and haemophile influenza type B.

It is an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, and usually occurs during the dry season, with symptoms such as fever, body aches, headaches, loss of appetite and stiffness in the neck. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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