BA receives ?90,000 cash boost in meningitis fight

The Brong Ahafo region is expected to receive 90,000 cedis to help fight the outbreak of the Pneumococcal meningitis disease.

The region remains one of the worse affected areas for a disease that has killed over 50 people and kept tens of others bed ridden across many parts of the country.

Joy News’ Brong Ahafo Region correspondent Anas Sabit reports the 90,000 cedis will be a major boost to fighting the disease in the region.

According to him, the region has been plagued by inade quate supply of antibiotics, self medication and delays in reporting cases of Pneumococcal meningitis.

Eight people were initially confirmed dead in the region but the number has since shot up. Several others remain on admission in some hospitals in the Tain District.

Pneumococcal meningitis occurs when bacteria invade the bloodstream and infect the membranes protecting the brain and the spinal cord.

The Deputy Director of Public Health Dr Afreh told Sabit the region is still battling with insufficient antibiotics as well as funds.

Meanwhile the Health Minister Alex Segbefia is embarking on a tour of regions affected by the outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis to see at first hand the extent of infection and the impact.

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