Font Size

SCREEN

Cpanel

1chol12Who we are ?

The Regional Cholera Platforms in Africa bring together multi-sectoral partners from different organizations involved in cholera prevention, preparedness, or response in the region.

Where we work?

We work in more than 45 countries across the two regions of Western & Central Africa (24 countries), and Eastern & Southern Africa (21 countries)

What we do?

The Regional Cholera Platforms aim to improve cholera control and prevention across Africa through operationalization of an integrated strategy towards elimination.

Welcome on the Regional Cholera Platforms in Africa

Ghana : Situation Report on Cholera Outbreak 31 October 2016

I. Key Highlights

  • The cholera outbreak in Cape Coast district, Central Region of Ghana has rapidly escalated, with a cumulative caseload of 117 and zero deaths (CFR = 0%) being reported as of 30 October 2016.

  • An emergency National Technical Coordination Committee (NTCC) meeting was held on 28 October 2016 to institute response to the confirmed cholera outbreak. Following the NTCC meeting, a multi-disciplinary national rapid response team (RRT) has been deployed to Cape Coast on 29 October 2016 to support the regional and district response. As part of the national RRT, WHO deployed an epidemiologist and a logistician to provide technical support.

  • On 30 October 2016, the national RRT conducted orientation of the regional and district response teams; and facilitated reactivation of the Regional Public Health Emergency Management Committee (PHEMC) including formation of technical sub-committees. It is envisaged that the alignment of the outbreak coordination structures will streamline and harmonize cholera control interventions.

II. Situation update

  • The outbreak of cholera in Cape Coast district, Central region started on 21 October 2016 when a case-patient presented to the University of Cape Coast hospital with acute watery diarrhoea. The following day, on 22 October 2016, two case-patients manifesting with similar clinical features presented to Cape Coast Teaching hospital. Stool samples obtained from these case-patients tested positive for Vibrio cholerae on rapid diagnostic test. On 24 October 2016, the Regional Health Directorates accordingly notified the Disease Surveillance Department of Ghana Health Service/ Ministry of Health of the occurrence of cholera outbreak.

  • The number of cholera cases has dramatically increased in the last 4 days, rising from 36 on 26 October 2016 to 117 on 30 October 2016, notably with no fatality. The cholera cases are originating from adjoining peri-urban communities in Cape Coast Metropolitan. The exponential increase in the number of cases denotes high transmission potential of infections in the communities. Detailed assessment is being conducted to establish the predisposing factors responsible for the current high attack rate in this outbreak.

III. Contacts

For further information please contact

Dr Appiah Ebenezer                                      

Director General                                            

Ghana Health Service                                      

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                      

 

Dr Owen Kaluwa LAWS
WHO Representative
Ghana
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Sally-Ann Ohene

Health DPC

WHO Country Office, Ghana

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Badu Sarkodie                                  

Director of Public                                 

Ghana Health Service                            

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                          

 

Dr Charles Okot LUKOYA

Department Epidemiologist

WHO Country Office, Ghana

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dr Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe                          

Head, Disease Surveillance                          

Ghana Health Service                                  

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                   

 

Supported by


European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
ECHO


UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)
UK AID


The United Nations Children's Fund
UNICEF

Our Offices

  1. UNICEF Regional Office for West & Central Africa (WCARO)
    Immeuble Madjiguene – Almadies Dakar
    P.O. Box 29720 Senegal
    Email : contact@choleraplatform.info  | jgraveleau@unicef.org

  2. UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO)
    Block F" and part of E" ,Gigiri United Nations Avenue  Limuru Road
    P.O. Box 44145  Nairobi, Kenya 00100
    Email : gtabbal@unicef.org
1

Dakar , Senegal

Email : contact@choleraplatform.info
2

Nairobi,Kenya

Email : gtabbal@unicef.org