Pneumococcal meningitis at epidemic status – Prof Binkah

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Professor Fred Binka, says the pneumococcal meningitis disease must be declared as an epidemic.

The deadly pneumococcal meningitis that started in the Brong Ahafo region in December last year has claimed nearly 50 lives and affected over 200 people after it spread to several regions including the Greater Accra region.

According to Prof. Binka, the disease must be declared an epidemic because there has been a surge in the number of cases recorded since the outbreak this year compared to 2015.

“Pneumococcal Menigitis is an epidemic and should be treated as such. An epidemic is an increase in the number of cases that we saw last year compared to this year.

“If you stated that 7 people have died from Streptococcus Meningitis this year, we did not record that same number last year…in epidemiology if there is an increase then we have an epidemic,” he told Umaru Sanda host of Citi FM’s Big Issue on Saturday.

Prof. Binka called on Health Ministry immediately put in place measures at the various hospitals across the country to control the spread of the dangerous disease.

“There are basic measures that they should put in place. They should quickly improve on the diagnostic capabilities of the health facilities. They should send them algorithms that will allow them to diagnose the disease.”