Cholera: Africa Leads, Ghana in First Five

By Edmund Smith-Asante
Using contaminated water - a sure way to get cholera
Using contaminated water – a sure way to get cholera

A report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), says by the end of 2011 a total number of 589,854 cholera cases had been reported globally, out of which 7,816 deaths were recorded.

This figure represents an increase of 85 per cent in the number of cases reported in 2010 and a 16 per cent increase in the number of countries.

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Wee smoking gangs besiege schools; Endanger lives of over 2,000 pupils, teachers and residents

By Edmund Smith-Asante

Thick smoke billowing from the ‘wee’ being smoked

When 13-year-old class six pupil Lucy Kesewa, enrolled at the Kwashieman ‘2’ Primary School three years ago, her intention was to study to become a better person in future.

She however now has the unpleasant task of sweeping leftovers of rolled up papers suspected to contain a narcotic drug – ‘wee’ anytime she reports for school.

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No longer a laughing matter – 2.5 billion people do not have toilets!

By Edmund Smith-Asante

No household latrines
No household latrines

For the first time in 12 years since the World Toilet Organisation declared November 19 as World Toilet Day in 2001, this year’s observation of the day would be with the blessing of the United Nations with the theme: The Rural Meet the Urban Sanitation“.

Selection of the theme is informed by the need to improve sanitation to alleviate poverty, promote health and hygiene in both rural and urban communities and Ghana marked the day with a national forum at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra. The theme for Ghana’s commemoration was “An open defecation free Ghana in my lifetime”.

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