A sanitation and infectious disease expert Dr. Samuel Gyasi has advised Ghanaians not to panic in the wake of Pneumococcal Meningitis outbreak but rather collaborate with health professional to contain the disease.
He said like all infectious diseases a behavioral change in lifestyle can go a long way to save lives and urged Ghanaians to adopt positive lifestyle changes geared towards personal hygiene for the prevention of the infection. He advised that, people cover their mouth and nose whiles coughing or sneezing, ensure proper hand washing with soap and regular bathing at least twice a day as some of the practices to protect people from getting infected with diseases including pneumococcal meningitis.
The Chairman of the Health Committee of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) was speaking on Space Fm’s Morning Flight with Dickson Smith. Dr. Gyasi in educating the public, mentioned close personal contact such as kissing and greetings as some of the ways in which one gets infected. Also he cited people living in slums or airtight conditions as the at risk groups and elaborate on the need for people to sleep in well ventilated rooms.
Touching on how to detect the onset of the infection, the Sanitation and Infectious Disease Expert mentioned severe fever, headache, pain and stiffness of the neck, chest pains, and dizziness and in some cases confusion as some of the signs and symptoms of pneumococcal meningitis.
Dr. Gyasi therefore urged the public to report early to health facilities as early detection can save the lives of many.
ALAN T. BOAKYE-YEBOAH