At the last count, 33 people have so far died and 150 infected with the Pneumococcal Meningitis, a strain of the CSM deadly disease that is affecting people in the Brong-Ahafo, Ashanti and the Northern regions of the country.

The outbreaks of the bacteria, which began early this year, is causing a lot of anxiety among the public and needs immediate steps to be taken to contain it.

According to Health Experts, Pneumococcal Meningitis is an inflammation around the brain and spinal cord.

It is explained that the disease occurs when the bacteria that have invaded the bloodstream move across to infect the membrane that surround and protect the brain and the spinal cord.

The bacteria, we are told can multiply freely, and release poisons, that increase pressure on the brain, producing symptoms such as headache and stiffness.

If inflammation and damage to the brain cannot be successfully treated, the infection can be fatal.

It is frightening that this life-threatening infectious disease is taking so many lives across the three regions and we seemed to be far away from stemming its spread.

It appears now that, the country is running against time and if urgent steps are not taken more and more people are going to die from the disease.

It is against this backdrop that the Times supports the proposal by the Parliamentary Committee on Health to the Health Ministry to seek assistance from the World Health Organisation (WHO), in tackling the outbreak.

The disease, fortunately, is not peculiar to Ghana; it is a worldwide disease that could easily receive support to contain it.

Many Ghanaians are worried that the outbreak may reach pandemic levels so it is important for every effort to be made to nip it in the bud.

We acknowledge the efforts the Ministry of Health and the Minister, Mr. Alex Segbefia are putting in to bring the disease under control allay the fears of the public.

We hope that the government through the ministry would treat the outbreak as an emergency and deal with it once and for all in order to prevent more deaths.

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