No case of Guinea worm in Upper West Akyem - GHS

| Updated Feb 04, 2017 at 7:00am



The Ghana Heath Service (GHS), has denied the outbreak of guinea worm in Upper West Akyem in the Eastern Region.

A visit by a team of the GHS and WHO officials to Sukrong Bethlehem near Adeaso, in the Upper West Akyem district, after rumours of an outbreak, showed no case of the disease.

Speaking to the GNA in Accra, the Programme Manager of Guinea Worm Dr Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe said the community has no history of Guinea Worm.

He said when the attention of the GHS and the WHO was drawn to the issue; immediately a team was put together to visit the community and conduct field investigation and interact with the people.

He explained that more than two thousand cases of false worms has been sent to a reference laboratory in Atlanta, USA for confirmation, but they all proved negative.

Ghana was in January this year declared Guinea Worm Free after more than two decades of struggle to fight the disease which hit the rural areas of the country.

The Jimmy Carter Foundation supported Ghana with financial and technical resources to see to the elimination of the disease.

Ghana is yet to receive the Certification from the WHO.