The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate has revealed that there’s a rise within the number of rabies cases and deaths within the region.

The Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang in a statement dated September 12, acknowledged that there’s “a rise in confirmed outbreak of rabies cases and deaths in three districts in the Ashanti Region”.

“As of Monday, September 12, 2022, the region had recorded a total of four-confirmed cases and 1-Probable case”.

Dr Tenkorang added that “the cases were reported from Asante Akim South, Bosomtwe and Kwabre East”; with a case finality price of 100%.

Increased rabies deaths hit Ashanti region - Regional Health Directorate
Statement from the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate on rabies cases within the region.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Directorate has outlined a raft of measures to cope with the state of affairs.

These embrace enhanced community and public sensitisation on rabies, improved case seek for rabies within the services, comply with-ups and treatment of all cases of canine bites.

The Directorate additionally charged additionally health services within the region to liaise with veterinary officers of their districts for ‘dog vaccination activities’.

In its September 12 statement, the Ashanti Regional Directorate additional apprised the general public of the case definition of rabies.

In this regard, it said, “Suspected case is a person with one or more of the following: headache, neck pain, nausea, fever, fear of water, anxiety, agitation, abnormal tingling sensations or pain at the wound site when contact with a rabid animal is suspected”.

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