Ghana battles deadly cholera outbreak

ACCRA: A FRESH wave of the cholera epidemic has left two people dead and affected more than 100 in Ghana.

The latest set barely comes eight months after a nationwide outbreak that claimed 217 lives in eight months while a total of 27 967 cases were recorded from 129 districts in Ghana’s 10 regions.

In this latest outbreak of cholera, hard hit communities comprise 11 districts in five regions including Greater Accra, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Eastern and Central regions.

Cholera, which is caused by drinking contaminated water and poor health practises broke out in in April while the government struggled to address the epidemic.

This resulted in the demand for government to provide clean drinking water with practical preventable measures to curb the deaths.

In a bid to avert the outbreak, the Ministry of Water Resources has been tasked to ensure safe and treated water to dozens of villages and other communities affected by cholera.

Although there were no immediate comment from the Ministry of Health over the cholera outbreak, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations officials are conducting mass community education aimed at bringing social mobilisation in order to halt the cholera outbreak.