Korle – Bu Hosp. Overwhelmed By Cholera

Dr Kweku Agyeman Mensah (1)The Management of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has appealed to Ghanaians to desist from buying food and water from unhygienic places to save them from contracting the cholera disease.According to the hospital the disease was prevalent in areas and communities with sanitation challenges.

In a press statement signed and issued by the Public Relations Officer, Mustapha Salifu, the hospital said it had been observed from cases reported at the Korle Bu Polyclinic that although the cases of cholera are from all parts of the metropolis, the hardest hit were hit: were Agege, Chorkor, Korle Gonno, James Town, Kokomba Market and Agbogbloshie, all communities with very insanitary environments.’

Currently, the statement said more than 6000 cholera cases had been reported in the region, with the Korle Bu Polyclinic alone recording over 1,154 with 13 deaths. The La General Hospital is also reported to have over 1,000 cholera cases with 12 deaths.

‘The Korle Bu Polyclinic has been full beyond its capacity for the past four weeks with cholera cases,” it said, and urged the city authorities to send their environmental and infection control teams out to stop the sale of food and water in unhygienic places.

”We also urge various opinion leaders to support the education to help curb the rising cholera cases in the city,” the statement said, stressing that ”it is high time the authorities’ intensified public education on the disease”.

The Hospital Authorities also entreated individuals who showed signs of cholera to  immediately report to the nearest health facility for treatment.

By Times Reporter

 

 

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