The Minister of Health, Hon. Alex Segbefia says his Ministry is doing all it can to contain the outbreak of the Pneumococcal Meningitis in the country.
According to the Minister, the Ministry with support from the World Health Organization, WHO and other development partners is taking several actions to prevent massive spread of the disease.
Mr. Segbefia stated this on the floor of Parliament when he appeared before the MPs to brief them on the outbreak and answer other questions relating to his ministry.
According to the Health Minister Alex Segbefia, climate change associated with severe drought, increased mobility of population and the coming on stream of new strains of organisms are accounting for change in the epidemiology of the Meningitis and the way it is occurring and spreading.
He told the MPs that as at the 3rd of February, 2016 456 suspected cases have been reported in nine regions, with 85 deaths recorded.
Apart from the Central Region all other regions have recorded the disease with the Brong-Ahafo Region with the hardest hit with 288 suspected cases with 50 deaths.
Mr. Segbefia said government with support from the WHO and other organization is intensifying its efforts to stop the spread of the disease.
As part of measures to curtail the spread of the disease, the Minister said government has provided additional funding to all ten regions with emphasis on the Brong-Ahafo and the three northern regions.
The Minister expressed condolences to families and relatives that lost their dear ones to the disease.
The MPs were glad that the Ministry is being supported by the WHO and other partners to contain the disease but asked the Ministry to do more education to prevent the spread of the Meningitis.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is unable to use 30 out of the 200 ambulances it has imported into the country as the vehicles do not meet the specifications of the ministry.
Due to this development, the distribution of the buses has been halted.
The Minister was responding to a question on when the Atebubu-Amantin District Hospital will be provided with an ambulance.
He said a team of experts will leave the country this month to the Ambulance manufacturing company to inspect the rest of the ambulances before they are shipped into the country.