Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, has announced that individuals contracting the Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) disease in the Region are now reporting early to health facilities due to increased risk communication.
This, according to him, has resulted in a significant reduction in the case fatality associated with the disease as the region had over the past two weeks recorded only one death out of a total of 30 cases recorded over the period.
Dr Bin Salih who announced this in a press release hinted of some response actions including continued coordination and mobilisation of resources for the response by the Public Health Emergency Management Committees and continued monitoring and investigation of new cases by the Rapid Response Teams.
The release reminded clinicians to look out for cases using the standard case definition, while the Regional Health Directorate continued to conduct technical monitoring visits to all Municipalities and Districts to support the teams.
The release urged the public to drink a lot of water during the period, sleep in well-ventilated places, cover their mouths and nose when coughing or sneezing and endeavour to report early to health facilities when experiencing signs and symptoms of the disease.