Typhoid fever, other RTIs on the rise in Biakoye District of Oti region: official

by Christian Ahodie

Health professionals in the Biakoye District Health Directorate in the Oti Region have expressed concern about the increasing rate of typhoid fever cases reported at health facilities in the district.

Rita Ama Wurapa, Biakoye District Health Director, said this during the district’s Mid-year review meeting at Nkonya Ahenkro recently.

Wurapa disclosed that there had been 2,221 cases of typhoid fever recorded at various health facilities across the district during the first half of this year.

“Besides this figure, there have also been over 5,000 cases of Respiratory Tract Infections (RTIs), and 4,000 malaria cases within the same period,” she added.

The health director attributed the infections to inadequate sanitation and hygiene facilities including good drinking water in the district, calling on stakeholders in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector to intensify efforts toward the provision of these facilities.

Richard Apaw,a public health officer in the district and  Hellen  Gbeve,  a midwife at the   Abotoase Health Center also expressed frustration about the inadequate sanitation facilities in the communities where they work.

On his part Peter Eyram Kunyefu, Physician Assistant and Sub-District Health Officer for Abotoase, also lamented about the shortage of drugs and vaccines in the District.


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