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13 dead; 600 hospitalised in Accra cholera outbreak
From: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Joy news          Published On: August 5, 2012, 14:00 GMT
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13 dead; 600 hospitalised in Accra cholera outbreak

Drinking water polluted by faecal matter can cause cholera

At least thirteen people have been confirmed dead in the latest cholera outbreak that has hit the capital, Accra.

600 more are bed ridden in various hospitals across the capital since the first case was reported last month.

This was confirmed by Dr Edward Antwi Deputy Greater Accra region Health Director in an interview with Joy News.

According to him, Adabraka, Odawnaa, Nima, Maamobi, Newtown, Madina-Abokobi are some of the worst hit areas.

Dr. Antwi blamed the outbreak on poor personal hygiene, saying, “You get the cholera disease when food or water that has been contaminated with faecal matter; that is the faeces containing the germ is eaten.

He said food and water sources must be protected and “we have to ensure that we eat from safe places.”

He said the Directorate is liaising with the AMA to disinfect areas identified as worst hit.

Meanwhile, the AMA has begun prosecuting land lords who do not have places of convenience in their homes.

The move is part of efforts to ensure cleanliness in the region.

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