UNICEF Cholera Rankings Places Ghana Second In West Africa With 28,944 Cases

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How do you know a country is not a serious country? When they are battling a disease that emanates from filth in this day and age!

Human progress, human knowledge, has advanced to the level where we know what causes diseases and how to prevent them. This is not the world pre germ theory, where people died from such diseases because they did not know the causes.

The cholera outbreak that hit Ghana last year was a serious one, with over 28,000 recorded cases. Accra was the worst hit, our so-called ‘capital’

The total number of cases was 28,944, with 247 deaths. Nigeria topped the ranking, with 36,946 cases, and 755 deaths. The figures are from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), chronicling the worst hit nations by cholera in the sub region. Guinea were bottom of the list.

The same report also noted that open defecation in Ghana has reduced from 22% in 1990 to 19% in 2015. Whoa, what progress- 3% points in 25 years.

And with little being done to tackle all the problems which leaves Accra engulfed in filth, it is only a matter of time before the outbreak of the next epidemic.

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