The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has expressed satisfaction with the health conditions in the affected Tongu Districts, despite the recent flooding and subsequent water stagnation.
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of the GHS, who visited some affected areas in the three Tongu Districts, noted in an interview that they were pleased that no disease outbreaks had been reported in the two weeks since the disaster.
He said the GHS is satisfied that two weeks into this disaster, it has not had any outbreaks of disease, which often happen in many countries and many places.
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye added that “they dispatched some relief items, as well as mental health experts and psychologists, to assess the situation and determine what needs to be done. In the long term, those who have been displaced will need psychosocial support, and we will also look at the plight of the 271 health workers who are part of the displaced community.”
He also noted that any diseases currently present in the community are pre-existing.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum, has also embarked on a tour of several communities affected by the recent spillage of the Akosombo and Kpong dams to gather essential information and assess how the flooding situation has impacted the closure of numerous schools in these affected communities.
During his tour, Dr. Adutwum engaged with head teachers, teachers, and other key stakeholders in the education sector to gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges they are facing as a result of the flooding.
The flood situation has necessitated the temporary closure of many schools, and the minister’s visit aims to ascertain the extent of the disruption in the education system and explore potential solutions.
According to the Ministry, education remains a top priority for the government, and the Minister of Education is actively seeking ways to address the challenges posed by the flood-affected communities to ensure that the education of students in these areas is not unduly disrupted.
His fact-finding mission is part of a concerted effort to address the educational implications of the Akosombo and Kpong Dam spillages and provide support to the affected schools and communities.