Cholera Platform

Against cholera

National strategies & plans

Ghana : Situation Report on Cholera Outbreak 16 November 2016

Highlights :

  • Total caseload as of Nov 14th: 423 cases with no death
  • The cholera outbreak in Central region is still unrelenting as 16 new cases were reported from Cape Coast Metropolis on 16 November 2016; with AAK reporting 2 new cases. As of 16 November 2016, the cumulative number of cases registered in Central region has reached 423 with no fatality recorded to date. The past week witnessed an escalation in the evolution of the cholera outbreak, with the trend attaining the second peak by 11 November 2016 (see fig. 1 in infographic). This epi-curve that shows multiple progressive peaks denotes a propagated type of outbreak driven by person-to-person transmission of infections, exacerbated up by episodes of common-source infections such as contamination of food and/or water. The risk exposure factors include rampant open defecation, open roadside food and water vending, and poor personal hygiene practices including hand washing. These factors appear to be the major drivers of the cholera outbreak in Cape Coast.
  • While the outbreak is still largely localized to Cape Coast Metropolis, AAK district is increasingly reporting indigenous cases. AAK district borders the outskirt of Cape Coast Metropolis where most of the people access social services and work, thus exposing them to the risk of contracting the disease.

Major Gap:

  • The response teams are becoming fatigued and have started raising complaints.