The Ministry of Health reports that the horror of Meningitis which the people in Brong Arafo have been witnessing has been taken care of.
The recent outbreak of Pneumococcal Meningitis in Brong Ahafo, is said to have been controlled by the Ministry of Health. This can be seen from a recent statement released on radio by the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Bampoe.
The deadly disease which has killed up to 15 people in different areas in Brong Ahafo had left the people in a paranoid state. Dr Victor Bampoe said that from their visits to areas in Brong ahafo, it was discovered that about 55 people had been affected with meningitis and also they’ve had up to 19 fatal cases last week.
Dr. Bampoe went ahead to say that there was no cause for alarm any more as drastic steps are being taken to curb the situation, and that they are doing everything possible to see that the disease does not spread to the five districts of Brong Ahafo.
“Yes we are interested in why B.A, but we are more interested in making sure it does not spread beyond the five districts of Brong Ahafo” he said
He added that the district health teams, the regional health management teams and the district assemblies are very much in control of the whole situation.
“There is no need for fear and panic. It’s very well in hand and we have to trust to the systems we have set up to deal with it,” – he said
The Ministry of Health earlier this month confirmed the outbreak which was predominant in the Tain and West Gonja districts in the Brong Ahafo Region, and expressed its concerns as regards to the safety of the people. It also pointed out cases of Yellow fever in the Northern regions. All hands had been on deck at the confirmation of the outbreak of this disease.
The government had provided at least GHC150,000 to the Brong Ahafo Region to help fight the outbreak of meningitis in the area.
Pneumococcal Meningitis is an infection that causes swelling and irritation (inflammation) of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.