Central region

Central region on high alert for yellow fever outbreak

Therefore, he has intensified the surveillance of all nomads known to have been the main agents for the spread of the deadly disease in certain parts of the country.

Dr Akosua Owusu-Sarpong, Regional Director of GHS revealed this at the Regional Coordinating Council meeting in Cape Coast.

GHS on Friday, October 29, informed the public of an outbreak of yellow fever in some districts in the Savannah area, with eight deaths reported.

The outbreak was confirmed after initial laboratory tests were carried out by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the National Public Health Reference Laboratory.

The yellow fever outbreak, initially detected in the Savannah region, has now spread to Wa East district in the Upper West region, killing 25 people.

According to Dr. Akosua Owusu-Sarpong, Central Regional Director of Health, the nomads have proven difficult to vaccinate due to their movement from place to place to find new pastures for their animals.

“What we have identified is that yellow fever occurs among the normades group because they don’t allow us to vaccinate them, so we need to look into it in our area,” she said.

All District Managers have been instructed to track nomads in their areas of jurisdiction for prompt vaccination to avoid an outbreak in the region.

“We are on high alert. We have intensified yellow fever surveillance so that anyone who comes to our facilities is detected and isolated for medical attention,” she said.

Serving around three million people of which more than half are children, she said the GHS was ready to provide quality health care services to all in the 22 operational districts with 34 hospitals and 13 polyclinics alongside. many Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds.

On COVID-19, she said the region had recorded 4,862 cases since its outbreak with three active cases as of November 17.

She announced that of the 1,450,582 eligible people, around 46,592 had been fully immunized in the region, adding that coverage for at least one dose was 17%.

She mentioned vaccine hesitancy as a big challenge to the vaccination exercise, but assured that health professionals were up to the task.

They also engage various stakeholders and strengthen risk communication activities to improve protocol compliance and vaccine uptake.