BY MUNTALLA INNUSAH
THIRTY SEVEN out of 214 persons under treatment have died of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) in the Upper West Region.
The Upper West Regional Director of Health, Dr. Osei Kuffuor Afreh, who disclosed this at a media orientation on Covid-19 in Wa by the Ministry of Information today [Wednesday], said the situation had become a major health problem in the region as people fail to report the endemic to health facilities.
The Regional Director of Health said the region was saddled with two main health problems, namely COVID-19 and Meningitis.
“So far we have over 214 recorded cases of Meningitis with about 80 percent of the cases coming from Nadowli/Kaleo district as well as Nandom and Jirapa municipalities.
According to Dr Afreh, every year, from November to March, the region records cases of Meningitis because the risk factors for Meningitis are very high during that time.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
It can be caused by a variety of organisms that include bacteria.
Meanwhile, the Upper West Region have received from the government some consignment of meningitis vaccines which were imported from Greece.
The Regional Health Directorate also received 300 packs of CSM vaccines from the NPP parliamentary candidate for Wa Central, Hajia Humu Awudu.