The Jomoro District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has appealed to government, benevolent societies and philanthropists to help acquire the necessary drugs to deal with the outbreak of cholera at Elubo.
Madam Shallot Dankwa, Acting District Director of Health, made the appeal at Half Assini on Friday when he addressed the newly formed District Cholera Outbreak Rapid Respond Team.
Madam Dankwa said Cholera cases at the Elubo Health Centre increased from 33 on May 12 to 110 on May 17 this year, adding that two persons have so far died.
She said 20 of the cases were brought from the Ivorian side of the border, adding that the outbreak was due to the pollution of the Tano River that serves as the drinking water for the people along it.
Madam Dankwa said drugs and other items for the treatment of the cholera has run out at the Half Assini and a request sent to the Western Regional Central Store at Effia Nkwanta in Sekondi for drugs is yet to receive attention.
Meanwhile the directorate has started an awareness creation and sensitization programme at the affected communities on the need to ensure environmental cleanliness and also urged them to boil their water before drinking it.
From: Ghana | GNA Last Updated: May 19, 2012, 2:36 pm