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Dec 13, 2014

05:29:41 GMT--Biological Hazard - Africa - Ghana

EDIS Number: BH-20141026-45775-GHA

Date / time: 26/10/2014 18:01:58 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Africa

Country: Ghana

State/County: Brong Ahafo Region

Location: Goaso

Number of Deads: 3 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: 94 person(s)

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


About 34 cholera cases have been recorded in the Goaso government hospital in the Brong Ahafo region, while one person has died as a result of the outbreak of the disease. All the cases were recorded in the month of October. The latest cases of cholera have been attributed to the poor domestic and personal hygiene practices observed by residents in the area, according to the Municipal Health Director at the hospital, Duut Berima. In an interview with Citi News, Duut Berima urged residents to observe good personal hygiene to prevent a further spread of the disease. He also emphasized the need for residents in the area to be educated on effective ways of adhering to such practices. "...They are not even aware they need to wash their hands with soap , they defecate anyhow, they lift rubbish with their hands, they are not supposed to eat cold food." The disease has claimed over 100 lives with more than 10,000 cases recorded across the country. The Greater Accra region has recorded the highest number of cases so far, but the rate of infection has reduced. The Ghana Health Service in a bid to prevent a further spread of the disease earlier, asked local assemblies to consider banning the sale of food on the street.

Event updates:

Situation Update No. 1 on 2014-12-07 at 05:29:12.

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