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Pneumococcal Meningitis: Greater Accra reports first cases

The deadly Pneumococcal Meningitis disease is gradually spreading nationwide, despite assurances by government and health officials that everything is under control.

Checks by Adom News indicate the Greater Accra Region has joined the tall list of ‘victims’, with the Accra regional hospital (Ridge) reporting 3 cases of people infected with Pneumococcal Meningitis.

Tests are also ongoing on four suspected cases.

Over 50 persons have been confirmed dead whiles more than 200 people have been affected by the disease across the country

Six regions in the country have so far recorded cases of Meningitis.

Adom News’, Kofi Assan who is at the Ridge hospital said the doctors at the facility confirmed the incident to him.

He said those being monitored include an 18 year old lady who is in a separate facility while the others are also being monitored at different locations.

Nurses at the hospital are seen gathered in groups of two and three discussing the disease and living on the edge of fear, Assan reported.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service says they are putting things in place to control the spread of the disease into other parts of the country.

Program Manager at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Franklin Asiedu Bekoe, has asked Ghanaians not to panic because the situation “is under control.”

Although there are various strains of Meningitis, it is a disease that causes the meninges membrane to be inflamed.

There are many different causes of Meningitis. The more common ones are viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.

The less common causes are cancer, brain surgery and head injuries.

source: Adomonline.com

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