The number of rabies cases and fatalities in the Ashanti area has increased, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate stated in a statement that as of Monday, September 12, 2022, health facilities in three districts have confirmed four cases plus one probable case.
The Asante Akim South, Bosomtwe, and Kwabre East districts reported the instances, according to the statement, which was signed by the regional director of health services, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang.
The Regional Health Directorate has implemented specific measures to control the issue and has solicited public support.
They include better dog bite case searches at the facilities, improved community and public rabies awareness campaigns, and follow-up care for all dog bite victims.
Additionally, the Directorate has mandated the regional health facilities to coordinate dog vaccination programs with the veterinary officers in respective districts.
They have also been warned to watch out for people who may have rabid animal contact, headaches, neck discomfort, nausea, fever, anxiety, agitation, a dread of water, odd tingling sensations, or pain at the site of a wound.