The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has issued an alert over possible spread of cholera following the confirmation of one case in the Dormaa Municipality.
The notice said the victim is a 10 year old girl last Sunday, but said little about her fate.
The Bono Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Kofi Amo-Kodieh in a statement addressed to all Municipal/District Directors of Health Service as well as the Medical Director in charge of the Bono Regional Hospital as well as private facilities advised them to strengthen surveillance on Cholera to prevent possible spread.
It also urged all the critical institutions to ensure that their epidemic preparedness plan for cholera is updated and submitted to the Regional Health Directorate through the Disease Surveillance Unit by next Monday, 16th January 2023.
“Heads of BMCs are kindly requested to conduct investigations and collect specimens for laboratory confirmation and further actions for all suspected cases. You are also to intensify education on the prevention o cholera and other epidemic-prone diseases,” it added.
Cholera is an acute illness with profuse watery diarrhea caused by Vibrio cholerae and may cause severe dehydration in only a few hours.
The risk factors include; eating or drinking contaminated food such as uncooked seafood or shellfish from estuarine waters, lack of continuous access to safe water and food supplies.