9 January 2013

Ghana: Obuasi Records 44 Suspected Cholera Cases

Obuasi — 44 SUSPECTED Cholera cases have been recorded within the last five days in the Obuasi Municipality. The Obuasi Municipal Disease Control Officer, Mr. Aboagye Philip who disclosed this to Time FM, an Obuasi- based radio station, said the Health Directorate was yet to conduct further checks to ascertain whether the cases recorded were Cholera or otherwise.

"What I can say for now is that we have recorded 44 suspected cholera cases, but what I cannot say is that they are confirmed Cholera cases". 13 cases were recorded at the Obuasi Bryant Mission, 11 at the AGA Hospital, 10 at the SDA hospital, eight at the Obuasi Government Hospital 8, and two cases at the St Jude hospital.

He was, however, quick to add that no death has been recorded and that all the victims had been treated and discharged.

The Obuasi Municipal Disease Control Officer added that his outfit was not certain about the cause but assured the Health Directorate would liaise with health facilities within the municipality to arrest the situation.

Meanwhile, the Obuasi Municipality is losing its enviable accolade, "the Golden city of Obuasi," as filth is gradually taking over the town.

At the time of filing this report, refuse collected at designated points had piled up while some residents had resorted to the use of nearby bushes as their final refuse disposal sites.

The current situation needs an urgent attention as it poses a major health threat.

Obuasi Municipal Environmental Officer, Sampson Owusu Ansah has assured the people of Obuasi that his men were working tirelessly to control the situation.

"We had problems with the vans responsible for the collection of the refuse but thank God they are in good shape now so we will soon hit the streets", he added.

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