Yellow Fever Kills 3 In West Gonja In The Northern Region

The Ministry of Health has issued an alert on the outbreak of yellow fever at the West Gonja district in the Northern region.

The action comes after three people were confirmed dead of the disease in the area.Several cases of the deadly disease have been recorded in the West Gonja district over the past weeks.

Already, the ministry is struggling to contain an outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis which has claimed nine lives in the Tain district of the Brong Ahafo region.

Speaking to Starr News Public relations officer of the Health Ministry Tony Goodman said the ministry is equipping the various health facilities in the West Gonja district to enable them detect the disease in time.

“We have dispatched people from the regions and the national surveillance team are also going to support. We are making efforts contain the disease as soon as possible.

“We have also given case definition guidelines to all hospitals in that region, given training to officials in that district to enable them quickly identify what they are dealing with…what we are saying is that early treatment can save you,” he explained.

Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. It can kill up to 50 percent of victims if adequate treatment is not administered.

Credit : Starr Fm

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