Malaria cases in Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa increases

The Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District Director of Health Service, Dr. Gohungo-Liuz Amouzu has said that malaria continues to top the ten top diseases in the district.

He said as part of initiatives to reduce the rate of the disease, 54,685 treated mosquito nets were distributed to people free of charge.

Dr Amouzu said this at the 2011 Annual Performance Review Meeting of the directorate at Breman Asikuma.

The District Director advised the beneficiaries to sleep under the nets to prevent the bite of mosquitoes, which causes malaria.

He said that last year, 14 suspected cholera cases were recorded of which two were detected and confirmed after laboratory investigation and  the two persons were treated of the disease and discharged.

Dr Amouzu said Tuberculosis cases recorded in the district reduced from 49 in 2010 t0 41 in 2011.

Dr Amouzu said the number of Tuberculosis deaths reduced from 4 in 2010 to two in 2011.

He said inadequate weighing scales, blood measuring apparatus, delivery beds at some CHPS compounds, lack of security guards and insufficient funds for outreach service were some of the problems facing the District Health Service and  appealed to the Ministry of Health and philanthropies to come to the aid of the Service.

Dr Amouzu urged nurses to intensify their sensitization programme on environmental cleanliness to avoid the outbreak of diseases.

Source: GNA

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