As recent reports would have it, a deadly disease seems to have found its way into the Volta Region. Health officials in the Volta Region have discovered a first case of cerebrospinal meningitis, a disease common in the three regions of the north. The emergence of the trend was confirmed by Volta Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Joseph Teye Neurtey. This happens to be the first case of the disease in the Volta Region.
“ Yesterday we had a confirmation that one of such cases was cerebrospinal meningitis. We were in touch with the disease control unit in Accra to find out whether we can get some vaccines then we could go into the community and carry out a mini mass immunization for people within the community,” He said.
He went on to confirm that his team has commenced supervision in the Krachi West District area where the disease was discovered and have already sent disease control officers to survey every nook and cranny of the area. Dr. Joseph said the disease was discovered after hospitals submitted specimen of some suspected cases of meningitis to be tested.
There had been cases of Pneumoccocal Meningitis which claimed the lives of over thirty people across Brong Ahafo Northern Ashanti Regions. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had stepped in to provide technical support for Ghana to contain the disease. They had presented rapid diagnostic test (RDT) kits suitable for preliminary or emergency medical screening to the Ministry of Health for distribution to affected areas. The government had also provided about GHC 150,000 to the Brong Ahafo region in a bid to fight the disease.
Cerebrospinal Meningitis is an infection which causes inflammation of the meninges of both the brain and spinal cord. The symptoms include; headache and stiffness of the neck associated with fever.