Walking the cholera red carpet: The genesis of the severest outbreak in Ghana in 30 years

Walking the cholera red carpet: The genesis of the severest outbreak in Ghana in 30 years

By Edmund Smith-Asante

Cholera Cholera epidemics in Ghana from 1980 to September 2014. Pix Credit: Ghana Health Service
Cholera Cholera epidemics in Ghana from 1980 to September 2014. Pix Credit: Ghana Health Service

Subtly, cholera has claimed 128 lives in Ghana, at a time no one believed that could ever happen.

The year 2014 would forever be remembered as the year that cholera sprang on a whole nation like a thief in the night, when everyone had gone to sleep, and attacked about 16,500 defenceless people; that is, if indeed that number is the true reflection of those who have been infected with the disease so far and the number stays the same till the end of the year.

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I think the ayes have it: A peek inside Ghana’s Parliament

By Edmund Smith-Asante

A Parliamentary Session
A Parliamentary Session

From the outside, the building that houses Ghana’s Parliament looks so quiet and serene. This is, however, a direct opposite of what happens inside, when the House is in session.

There are two identical buildings both emblazoned with the country’s Coat of Arms in the yard that houses Ghana’s legislature and a first timer needs to ask or risk going to the wrong building.

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