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Nkoranza District detects eight buruli ulcer cases

13 August 2009 | Health

Busunya (B/A) Aug. 12, GNA - Eight buruli ulcer cases were detected in Nkoranza North District of the Brong Ahafo Region, between January and June this year.

Mr. Peter Paul Anekor, District Disease Control Officer who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency said two cases each were detected at Pienyina and Yefri, and one each at Tom, Nyinahin, Bonte and Boana.

Mr. Anekor commended the Medical Assistance Programme (MAP) International, a US- based non-governmental organisation (NGO) for assisting to combat the disease in the district.

He said early detection of the disease was the positive result of capacity building workshops the American NGO organised for more than 150 teachers and community based surveillance volunteers on the detection and reporting of the disease to health facilities.

The disease control officer said MAP International also donated skin grafting surgical equipment to Saint Theresa's hospital at Nkoranza towards the treatment of buruli ulcer and severe burns.

Mr. Anekor appealed to the NGO to continue to support the district health directorate to free the people from buruli ulcer.

He said the district recorded five cases of measles, three of which were confirmed at the research laboratory centre at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital as rubella (German measles).

He advised especially women to be careful about fire and hot substances to save children from accidental burns.

The disease control officer commended the nurses in charge of the various health facilities in the district for their hard work in improving their coverage, in the Expanded Programme on Immunization, to promote the health of infants.

Mr. Anekor called on assembly members, traditional authorities and teachers to promptly report the outbreak of any epidemic to the health facilities for the necessary investigations and research to be conducted to save lives.


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