Western Reg. records first pneumococcal case, death toll now 37

The deadly pneumococcal meningitis has hit the Western region making it the 6th region to record a case within the last two months.

Although no death has been recorded yet in that region, doctors have indicated that the victim is receiving treatment and is under confinement.

The Western regional health directorate, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang confirming the news indicated that “the boy came from one of the communities on the Ghana – Ivorian border and is currently on admission. It is in the Bia district of the region.”

Total number of deaths from the disease nationwide stands at 37 as of midday on Thursday January 28, 2016. The first strain of the disease was recorded in the Brong Ahafo region which later spread to the Northern region, Ashanti, Volta, Eastern and then now Western region.

The Ghana Medical Association has given indications that it is working around the clock to contain the disease and prevent it from spreading.

Meanwhile Health Minister, Alex Segbefia has denied news that there would be a nationwide immunization. There have been calls for Ghana to seek assistance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to curtail the spread of the disease.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin

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