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Anthrax outbreak in Upper East Region rages on

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The Upper East Regional Public Health Emergency Committee has raised concerns over the ongoing surge of the anthrax disease, highlighting the persistent challenge of inadequate vaccine supply. Despite efforts to control the spread of the disease, the region is grappling with a shortage of vaccines required for effective prevention and treatment.

The committee revealed that the region had requested 30,000 vaccines from Pong Tamale, but as of Monday, June 12, 2023, only 8,000 vaccines had been received. This significant shortfall undermines the region’s ability to combat the disease effectively, leaving communities vulnerable to its devastating consequences.

During a technocrat meeting held at the Regional Coordinating Council, it was noted that the disease is spreading rapidly, evident from the escalating number of ruminant deaths over the weekend compared to previous days. The committee member emphasised the need to intensify efforts, stating, “Last week, we reported 11 cattle deaths, but now the figure has risen to 23. This emphasises the urgency to enhance our preventive measures.”

In light of the situation, the committee affirmed that the ban on the movement and slaughtering of ruminants and related animals would remain in place. One committee member stressed the importance of focusing on disease containment rather than prematurely lifting the ban, stating, “With the increasing figures, lifting the ban is not a viable option. Our priority should be on curbing the spread of the disease.”

As the region prepares for the upcoming Eid Al-Adl celebration, the committee appealed to the public, particularly Muslims, to exercise caution. Vaccination efforts against anthrax continue to be a top priority in mitigating the outbreak and safeguarding public health.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

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