Dam spillage: No outbreak of disease in affected communities, says GHS

According to Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Ghana Health Service is pleased with the efficiency of the health protocol put in place to manage the health situation in the communities

The director-general of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye has said there has been no outbreak of disease in any of the communities affected by the Akosombo Dam spillage,

According to him, the GHS is pleased with the efficiency of the health protocol put in place to manage the health situation in the communities.

“We are quite satisfied that two weeks into this disaster, we have not had any outbreak of disease, which often happens in many countries and many places,” Kuma-Aboagye told Accra-based Citi FM. “So, we have simply come to support the districts in continuing the work they are doing.”

“We have brought some relief items, as well as mental health experts and psychologists, to assess the situation and determine what needs to be done,” he said after visiting the affected areas.

“In the long term, those who have been displaced will need psycho-social support, and we are also here to look at the plight of the 271 health workers who are part of the displaced community,” he added.

Kuma-Aboagye also added that any presence of disease in the affected communities was pre-existing before the floods.

The Volta River Authority (VRA) has been on hand to supply relief items and support to victims of the spillage since it began two weeks ago.



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