Over 90 new cases of cholera have been recorded in the Greater Accra region since the start of April, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said. This compares to no reported cases over the same period in 2005. The new cases can be traced to an outbreak of the disease in the country late last year.
The Ghana Red Cross Society and the Accra Metropolitan Health Directorate have organised public awareness campaigns in affected communities, including Chorkor, Glefe, Mamprobi, Korle-Gonno, James Town, Timber Market, Zongo, Kaneshie, Odorkor, Malam, Nima and Maamobi. The city council has also announced a series of environmental clean-up days in the capital in an effort to contain the spread of the disease. The next clean-up exercise will be held on 1 June.
So far there have been no reported fatalities in Accra as a result of the outbreak. However, authorities are urging caution particularly in light of the current rainy season.