Stakeholders UER sensitized on Meningitis

Bolgatanga, The Upper East Regional Health Directorate has started educating the public on how to prevent the spread of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) and the need to seek medical services as soon as the symptoms show.

To commence the sensitization exercise, the Public Health Emergency Management Committee (PHEMC), which is undertaking the programme on Monday, organized a meeting with stakeholders in Bolgatanga, to educate them on the need to fight meningitis and other health related issues that affect the health of the people in the Region.

The PHEMC is a multi-disciplinary committee made up of various people with different expertise that meet every quarter annually to deliberate and to plan on how to mobilize resources to address some of the public health issues facing the Region.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at the meeting, Dr Joseph Nyuzaghl, the Director in charge of Public Health, said it was necessary to create awareness about the disease since it usually broke out during the Harmattan season through to the hot period in March and April, and called on the health personnel to focus more on the signs and symptoms of the disease.

He announced an outbreak of the disease in neighbouring Burkina Faso and underscored the need for the people and health institutions to be aware and be prepared to handle cases of CSM should it occur, as it could easily spread into the country since the region shared a border with that country.

Outlining some of the basic symptoms of meningitis, Dr Nyuzaghl said in adults it included severe fever, headache, and neck stiffness among others but portrayed the same symptoms as malaria infection in children.

Dr Nyuzaghl said meningitis could be prevented with measures such as preventing overcrowding, sleeping in well ventilated rooms and avoiding self-medication among others and urged the public to report early signs of the disease to the nearest health facilities to ensure early evaluation and management as the disease could be fatal when not managed at the early stage.

In a speech read on her behalf by Mr Mohammadu Azonko, the Regional Coordinating Director, Madam Paulina Patience Abayage, the Regional Minister, urged the stakeholders to factor the fight against meningitis and other related diseases into their programmes and advocacy activities to educate communities about health emergencies and how to minimize their impact on lives.

She commended PHEMC and encouraged the members to work hard and prevent CSM from spreading.

Source: Ghana News Agency