Cholera outbreak in Ghana begins to subside
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is leading the outbreak with 2,756 cases and 31 deaths. Simpson Anim Boateng, the public health director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, said that while figures are decreasing, the fatality rates are not acceptable, DailyGuideGhana.com reports.
Boateng called for the tidying up of public places and a rapid response to cases that have been reported. The onset of the rainy season may lead to fresh outbreaks unless residents adhere strictly to environmental and personal hygienic practices. If residents of Accra fail to maintain such standards, a massive outbreak of cholera and other diseases could occur.
Boateng said that the outbreak was caused by large amounts of filth, perennial flooding and the sale of contaminated food. He said that the assembly's by-laws on hygiene kept the situation from getting out of control. Boateng appealed to residents infected with cholera to seek treatment early on since it is free. He stressed that people should adhere to the AMA by-laws.
"(In addition) avoid buying food exposed to flies and other unhygienic conditions and avoid buying food prepared and sold under unhygienic conditions," Boateng said, according to Dailyguideghana.com.