The municipal director of health services for the Jirapa municipality, madam Florence Ansongmwini has revealed that the municipality, as at 27th April had recorded no case of CSM. Fatalities from the disease within the municipality was higher than that of other towns within the district farther raising questions and concerns on the role distance played on early reporting to health facilities with symptoms.
She was speaking during the visit of the deputy minister of health, Dr. Benard Okoe Boye to the district to interact with health personnel on issues relating to covid 19 and CSM from which the latter has claimed 43 lives in the region.
Updating the minister on the situation, she said the community, which boasts a population of 107, 000 lies within a belt that is prone to the yearly outbreak of CSM hence the need for the district to make adequate preparations towards combating the disease. From week one to week seven, 51 suspected cases were recorded with 16 confirmed positive,12 deaths, with 24 persons awaiting their results.
Madam Florence stated that with effective collaboration between the health directorate and other stake holders, such as the NCCE and traditional leaders, the district has being able to control the disease while ensuring that persons who died from it were promptly buried.
Major challenge she identified is the delay in receiving test results from Tamale since the district is not equipped to run their own tests. She appreciated the efforts of the Municipal Chief Executive, Madam Christine Bonbanye Amidu and her team towards fighting both CSM and covid 19 in the district.
The minister on his part pledged governments support towards the fight against health conditions in the region as a whole and also paid a courtesy call to the St. Joseph hospital to interact with staff of the facility.