The chiefs and people of Atebubu in the Atebubu/Amantin District of Brong-Ahafo Region, are living in fear following an outbreak of cholera in the area.
From April to June this year, nine people have died while 197 are on admission at the Atebubu Government Hospital.
Most of the affected people are children.
Deputy Regional Director of Public Health, Dr.
Emmanuel Tenkorang disclosed this when Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo and members of the Regional Security Council visited Atebubu to assess the situation.
He explained that the disease was first detected at Zongo Number One, Zongo Number Two and Konkomba line because of the poor hygienic conditions and lack of potable drinking water in those areas.
Tenkorang said those who died did not report early and advised the people to seek immediate medical on experiencing any abnormalities, especially vomiting and diarrhoea.He recalled that an outbreak also occurred in 2010 but the health authority and the District Assembly took immediate measures that brought the situation under control.
Tenkorang described cholera as “propagated epidemic” that spread very fast and advised the people to always keep their surroundings clean at all times and wash their hands with soap before and after eating.
In his comments, the minister, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo stated that the outbreak of the disease was very unfortunate and indicated that the government had taken immediate measures to avoid its spread.
He commended the Regional Health Directorate and the District Assembly for their quick response to the situation.
Ofosu-Ampofo tasked the Assembly’s task force to enforce the environmental bye-laws to promote good hygiene.He said the government had earmarked GHC160,000 to rehabilitate the Atebubu water system and that work would soon commence on the project.
The minister later presented 310,000 chlorine tablets and a number of Veronica buckets to be placed at vantage points.