It has been revealed that some of the people residing in the emergency shelters set up for people affected by the overflow of the Akosombo and Kpong Dams have suffered symptoms of diarrhoea and bilharzia.
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) revealed this.
The Association sent a crew to assist with rescue efforts in the impacted areas.
According to their findings, some people have diarrhoea and bilharzia.
Acting General Secretary of the GMA, Dr. Richard Selormey, speaking to the media said “We mobilized a team of about twenty-two people, collaborating with the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association and a clinical psychologist who also volunteered from the 37 Military Hospital. They went on the ground on Tuesday and divided themselves into six different teams at the six different shelters. They are offering health education, screening, and treatment of the people,” said Dr. Selormey.
“We have noted that the most common thing being found is people having malaria as well as skin diseases and respiratory conditions because most of the centres are holding a lot of people at a go and people are in close contact. We have also noticed that there are a few people beginning to show signs of diarrhea diseases and about two people are also showing signs of bilharzia,” he added.
“Our concern is the breakout of diarrheal diseases. That can be a big problem because it can quickly spread. And then also because of the crowding, respiratory tract infections. So key is the protocols we highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic which has to do with handwashing practices and advising the people not to touch things and making sure that there is good water available,” said Dr. Selormey.