The Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) cases in the Upper West Region has now reached 315 with 45 deaths.
The latest figures were made known by Deputy Health Minister Dr Oko-Boye on May 17, 2020.
He recently led a team of experts to the region to deal with the situation.
“The last time when I was in the Upper West we had 43 deaths, we have two more deaths so now it is 45 and in all we have about 315 cases, but the good news is that we are dealing with 5 active cases and out of that number 4 are in stable condition, so as we are battling COVID-19 they are also dealing with a ‘novel’ because the new strings are not known to cause outbreaks,” he said on Joy TV.
Though laboratory investigation continues to show that majority of the cases in the region are caused by Neisseria Meningitides Sero Group X, the new strain, currently has no vaccine.
Dr. Bin Salih the Upper West Regional Minister stated that the region has over 9,000 vials of ceftrizone and five packs of pastorex to treat the disease and has, therefore, urged people infected with the deadly disease to report to health facilities whenever one begins experiencing headache, fever and stiffness for immediate attention than resorting to self-medication.
He also assured the people not to panic as there are enough drugs to help manage and treat meningitis cases.
Dr Bin Dalih has already stated that there is no vaccine worldwide for sero-type X which is currently affecting the people and they must be proactive in reporting to the health facilities to avoid more deaths.