Volta Region records suspected cases of meningitis

The Volta Region has recorded seven suspected cases of meningitis, Dr Yaw Ofori-Yeboah, Deputy Director, Public Health of the Volta Regional Health Directorate, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Tuesday.

He said samples of all the cases have been sent for laboratory investigations whilst the patients were receiving treatment at health facilities in the Region.

Dr Ofori-Yebioah said the cases were from Sogakope, Keta, Ketu-North, Krachi-West and Nkwanta South.

He said reports indicate that the result of the case from Sogakope is negative adding that the Region’s surveillance system was working and there was no cause for alarm.

He said the surveillance system was being strengthened to be more sensitive and called for public support.

Dr Ofori-Yeboah said standard operation guidelines have been given to health facilities for the management of potential cases.

He said the Region’s Public Health Management Committee had begun a public campaign on the disease to let the public know its symptoms and the need to practice good personal hygiene.

Mr Mathew Draffor, Volta Regional Public Health Surveillance Officer, urged the public to send all sick persons to nearby health facilities for early detection and treatment.

The northern part of Ghana is in the meningitis zone but some districts and communities outside the zone have reported cases in a recent outbreak.

At least 32 people in the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Northern regions reportedly died having suffered from pneumococcal meningitis.

Until now cerebro-spinal meningitis was the only known meningitis variant in the country and it occurs mainly in the northern parts of the country.

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