Since November 2022, over 130 kids have been treated for measles at Tamale Teaching Hospital, Central Hospital, and West Hospital.
More than 50 cases from Changli, Sakasaka, and Kakpayili have already been documented this year, raising fears about the prospect of new outbreaks.
Medical professionals characterize measles as a viral infection of the respiratory system. The illness manifests as rashes, coughs, runny noses, fevers, and red eyes.
Our Northern Region Correspondent, Christopher Amoako, spoke by phone with the acting regional health director, Dr. Braimah Baba Abubakari, on Friday, January 13. He said that there may be a number of reasons why children who had already gotten the vaccine but had contracted the sickness.
The disease is extremely contagious and spreads by bodily fluids from an infected person’s mouth or nose. Since vaccination is the most reliable means to stop the sickness from spreading, a lack of the drug could be a concern.
DEK360GHANA.COM discovered a document on Monday, February 6, informing health establishments in the Region of the viral outbreak.
District Health Directorates and Facilities (both public and private) are urged to increase surveillance on measles and other diseases with epidemic potential in order to take prompt action if they occur given the current season, which presents one of the highest risks for the transmission of measles.
“We kindly request that districts and facilities conduct fast investigations and gather blood samples for test confirmation. Additionally, you are required to keep stepping up public awareness campaigns for diseases like measles that are prone to outbreaks.
The email went on to state that every MM/DDHS must make sure that their measles epidemic preparedness and response (EPR) plans are revised appropriately and reported to the Regional Health Directorate via the Disease Surveillance Unit on or before Friday, February 10, 2023.
When a baby reaches nine months old in Ghana, they receive a measles vaccination. When they turn 18 months old, they are eligible for another dose.
However, it appears that many infants are contracting the disease before they are nine months old in what looks to be a recent outbreak.
Akufo-Addo leaves Ghana for state visit to Guinea-Bissau
At the invitation of the president of Guinea-Bissau, His Excellency Umaru Sissoco Embalo, Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, led the Ghanaian delegation out of the country on Sunday, May 14, 2023.
The visit’s goals are to further solidify the already close ties between the two nations and look into potential new areas of cooperation for their mutual advantage.
The President will meet with President Embalo in private during his visit to Guinea-Bissau. He will also receive the Amilcar Cabral Medal, the country’s highest honor, speak at the law school of the Amilcar Cabral University, and interact with the Ghanaian soldiers serving in Bissau as part of the ECOWAS Stabilization Support Mission.
The Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives from the Presidency and Foreign Ministry, accompanied the President.
On Tuesday, May 16, 2018, the President will return to Ghana. During his absence, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, would carry out the President’s duties in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution.
At Bortianor, a three-story church edifice collapses
In Bortianor, in the Greater Accra Region, frantic rescue efforts are under way to locate any bodies that may be trapped under a three-story church structure.
On May 9, the Word in Action Church structure fell.
There are concerns that some churchgoers may have been present when the tragedy occurred.
The Ghana Police Service had representatives on the scene.
The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the Ghana National Fire Service sent employees to the scene to assist with rescue operations.
Thousands of locals flocked to the area to assist in saving loved ones who might have been inside the church when the structure collapsed.
Re-election of Apostle Nyamekye as head of the Church of Pentecost
On May 4, Apostle Eric Nyamekye was chosen once again to lead the Church of Pentecost for the ensuing five years.
With a staggering 99.45 percent of the voting, Apostle Nyamekye was re-elected.
The 46th General Council Meetings of the Church took place in the Pentecost Convention Center in the Central Region, where the elections took place.
Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah was elected to succeed Apostle Nyamekye on May 3, 2018, exactly five years ago. At the time, he served as the area head of the Church of Pentecost in Koforidua. He succeeded as the Church’s sixth leader.
Voting results on Thursday showed that Apostle Nyamekye had earned the conclave’s support.
On Thursday, he received 1,255 of the 1,262 “Yes” votes. Five years prior, he had received 994 of the 1009 “Yes” votes.
At the same council meetings, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi was also chosen to serve as the church’s general secretary.
Apostle Kumi Larbi, who held the position for 10 years, is replaced by him.
Apostle Obuobi, 53, received 1,256 ‘Yes’ votes out of 1,262 total ballots, or 99.6%.
The following five years will be his tenure.