The Ministry of Health has announced the discovery of an uncommon type of the polio virus, polio virus type-2, in Tamale in the Norther Region.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, the virus was detected in a routine environmental sampling and testing by the Ministry and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the Tamale metropolis.
The Ministry is describing this discovery as public health emergency.
This type 2 polio virus, was declared eradicated in 1999 by the WHO but has seen pockets of detection in a few places around the world after the declaration.
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis (can’t move parts of the body).
The Ministry is also urging the Ghanaian public to adhere to better and rigorous sanitation and personal hygiene standards to help prevent a full blown outbreak.
The virus is transmitted through contaminated water or food, or contact with an infected person
The Ministry of Health is also assuring of a serious organisational response to the situation.
Story by: Daniel Obeng|universnewsroom.com