A sensitization programme in Nadowli-Kaleo District on Pneumoccocal Meningitis has seen up to 7,000 students of basic schools sensitized on the deadly disease. The programme which is to last for a month has succeeded in sensitizing these students in the Nadowli-Kaleo District of the Upper West Region.
The programme is to equip the students with adequate knowledge on the disease so that they will be able to prevent its occurrence or its spread in their communities. The campaign is carried out by a group known as ‘Standup for Bagbin’.
Reports say that thirty schools are being targeted for the programme and that ninety-five percent of that has so far been covered.
The Leader of the group, Madam Florence Kpan, who expressed her concerns over the health of the children and Ghanaians generally, said that the disease Meningitis is deadly when its not detected in time.
Speaking to the students in one of the events, she urged the students to adequately ventilate their rooms by opening the windows particularly in this dry season. She said that Mr. Bagbin who is also the Majority leader believes that health is wealth hence, the initiation of the sensitization programme.
A member of ‘Standup for Bagbin’, Joseph Konnoba explained that the students and children are educated on the nature of the disease, mode of transfer, symptoms, prevention and spread. He said that some of the symptoms of the disease include: severe headache, loss of appetite, stiffness of the neck and spinal cord, vomiting, yellowish palms and legs.
Students in the Nadowli-Kaleo District were also advised to take lots of fluid. Mr Konnoba them to drink a lot of water early in the morning and last before going to bed as well as eat more vegetables.
It’s good news that this disease is gradually being curbed in the country, following this programme in the Nadowli-Kaleo District. Ghanaians had been in a state of fear following the outbreak of the disease. The students appreciated the programme which the group organised for them. Speaking to the media, some of them said they will also impact what they have learnt about the disease to their parents so as to prevent it from occurring in their communities.
Pneumococcal Meningitis is an infection which causes swelling and irritation (inflammation) of the membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord.