The outbreak of Yellow Fever withinside the Savannah and the Upper West areas has claimed 25 lives, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has shown. The outbreak, which turned into to begin detected withinside the Savanna Region, has now unfolded to the Wa East District withinside the Upper West Region, and final Tuesday,  greater people died in the Wenchi Methodist Hospital withinside the Bono Region. They have been 3 instances that have been referred from the neighboring Bole-Bamboi District within the Savanna Region to the Wenchi facility.

The Wenchi Municipal Director of Health, Mr. Robert Kwaku Bio, who showed the deaths to the Daily Graphic, defined that blood samples of the 3 have been shown in the Public Health Reference Laboratory on the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra and any other one in Dakar, Senegal, as yellow fever.

GHS alert

An assertion signed via way of means of the Director-General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, stated that 18 humans have been presently on admission. The GHS, on October 29, 2021, notified the general public approximately a plague of Yellow Fever in a few districts withinside the Savannah Region, with 8 deaths suggested. The outbreak showed after preliminary laboratory assessments were performed via way of means of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the National Public Health Reference Laboratory.

The GHS, subsequently, dispatched a group of professionals from the carrier, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Office, and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to the Savannah Region to research the outbreak and put into effect suitable management measures. It stated the group, amongst others, assessed the the threat of Yellow Fever transmission primarily based totally on the populace of the vector accountable for transmitting yellow fever, the Aedes mosquito.


Mr Bio defined that following the outbreak, the GHS knowledgeable all-district and municipal directorates of fitness to be alert and appearance out for symptoms and symptoms and signs in people who suggested to fitness facilities. He stated now no longer lengthy afterwards, the primary sufferer who turned into referred from the Bole-Bamboi District died quickly on arrival on the Wenchi Methodist Hospital, whilst the second additionally died a few days after the referral.

He indicated that even though the primary sufferer had died on arrival, his pattern turned into taken due to the symptoms and symptoms and signs of yellow fever. “We despatched 4 samples to Korle Bu and 3 of them have been showed yellow fever positive. “Yesterday we despatched blood samples of different suspected yellow fever instances to Sunyani to be taken to Korle Bu and we're looking forward to the results,” Mr Bio stated.


He entreated citizens of the Wenchi municipality, especially farmers, to cowl themselves well to shop them from being bitten via way of means of mosquitoes that purpose the ailment. “Let us be very cautious due to the fact the Wenchi municipality stocks limitations with Bole-Bamboi withinside the Savannah Region in which there may be a plague of yellow fever,” he cautioned.

GHS interventions

Meanwhile, the GHS says it has carried out numerous interventions, along with centered vaccination of decided on groups for Yellow Fever withinside the affected districts in a bid to manipulate the ailment and save you it from spreading further. As of November 15, 2021, greater than 43,615 humans have been vaccinated withinside the Savannah Region as a part of the intervention.

Also, the carrier has dispatched 50,three hundred doses of Yellow Fever vaccines from Accra, with the assist of the Ghana Air Force, to the Savannah Regional Health Directorate for onward distribution to chose districts for vaccination. The carrier has therefore given an guarantee that, collectively with the Ministry of Health, it'll hold to have interaction its partners, which includes the WHO and the CDC, to make sure that the outbreak is introduced beneath neath complete management.

“The GHS will hold with efforts aimed toward enhancing results for people who're unluckily affected, whilst persevering with with the vaccination pressure to enhance the immunity of the populace in opposition to Yellow Fever,” the DG stated.

Yellow Fever

According to the WHO, Yellow fever is an acute viral inner bleeding ailment transmitted via way of means of inflamed mosquitoes. The "yellow" withinside the call refers back to the jaundice that impacts a few sufferers.

• Symptoms of yellow fever encompass fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

• A small share of sufferers who settlement the virus expand excessive signs and about 1/2 of of these die inside 7 to ten days.

• The virus is endemic withinside the tropical regions of Africa and Central and South America.

• Large epidemics of yellow fever arise while inflamed humans introduce the virus into closely populated regions with excessive mosquito density and in which maximum humans have very little immunity because of loss of vaccination. In those conditions, inflamed mosquitoes of the Aedes aegypti species transmit the virus from individual to individual.

• The ailment is averted via way of means of a really powerful vaccine, that is secure and affordable. A unmarried dose of yellow fever vaccine is enough to supply sustained immunity and life-lengthy safety in opposition to yellow fever ailment.

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