November 23, 2017 | 12:51 pm

Pneumococcal Claims Lives In Ghana


 Pneumococcal-Meningitis-600x330The deadly disease popularly known as pneumococcal meningitis continues to claim more lives in the country. Some of the affected areas of these deadly disease are Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Upper East Upper West, Northern, and some parts of the Greater Accra Regions have all recorded cases in the past two weeks.

Two other people have been killed by another strain of meningitis, Meningococcal meningitis. The death toll in the Ashanti Region stands at 39. The records in Ashanti Region was captured in the national statistics release by the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service which was disclosed by Deputy Director in charge of Clinical Care at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Fred Adomako Boateng in the Ashanti Region on the health situation for the last quarter of 2015.

These two deadly diseases Pneumococcal meningitis and Cerebra spinal meningitis start with symptoms like neck pains, neck stiffness, convulsion, confusion, bulging anterior, fontanel’s in children’s.

                    Meanwhile, World Health Organization and the Centre for Disease Prevention and control(CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and USA has also stepped in to provide the necessary technical support for Ghana to control the disease and also provide the necessary support for confirmation testing of sample. This will also help the Ministry of Health (MOH) to be able to identify the causative

                Dr Adomak Boateng further explains 17 cases has been reported in the Ashanti Region so far, out of which 16 have been confirmed dead. The report was from 10 out of the 30 Districts of the Ashanti Regions. The age of the death range is between 15 and 65.

Dr Joseph Nuertey, who is the Regional Director of health (GHS) in the Volta Region, said the Regional Directorate had been informed of seven suspected cases of pneumococcal meningitis the south Tongu, Keta, Ketu-North, Krechi West and Nkwata South.

                    He added that, the test that was conducted on the cases confirm one case of cerebra spinal meningitis in Krechi West .

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