IT IS that time of the year again when there is a threat of cholera outbreak in the country, particularly in the capital Accra.
The last time there was cholera outbreak in Ghana it was a sorry sight to behold. In 2015 the World Health Organisation Situational Report on cholera outbreak in Ghana indicated that the country had recorded as high as 591 confirmed cholera cases with five deaths between January and May.
As expected, the Greater Accra Region, which has the tag of being the epicenter of cholera in the country, led with 264 cases and four deaths by the close of week 21 of the year.
Cholera is always prevalent in Accra because many food and sachet water vendors are dirty and careless in the way they handle what they sell to the public.
Suffice to state that cholera can only be contracted through eating of fecal matter. And innocent people do so through the consumption of food sold in corners that are very untidy. Poor hygiene has been our bane because some people are just daft and don’t care about what they sell to people to consume.
This year, the threat still lingers. There is the possibility of outbreak of the disease this rainy season too.
With the current heavy rains and flooding in many parts of the country, coupled with poor sanitation in the country, public education certainly needs to be intensified.
There should also be preparedness and response plans countrywide to avert any disaster.
The DAILY HERITAGE also urges the unsuspecting consumer, who is usually at the receiving end to always opt for hot dishes they buy from food vendors to stay safe.
We should all be extremely vigilant even in our homes to stay safe because cholera can be very deadly, especially to children.