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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 131, March 26, 2003
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    March 26, 2003
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    WHO Collaborating Center for Research, Training and Eradication of Dracunculiasis. ; Emory University. Carter Center ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
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    Ghana held its first semi-annual national program review for 2003 on March 10-11, 2003 at Ho, in the Volta Region. About 130 persons participated, including the deputy regional minister for the Volta Region; the deputy minister of health, Mr. Moses Dani Bah; other ministry of health officials; the national program coordinator, Dr. Andrew Seidu-Korkor; and representatives from UNICEF, WHO, U.S. Peace Corps, Ghana Red Cross Society, Church of Christ, and Global 2000 of The Carter Center.

    Confirming both the success of current active surveillance and the consequences of earlier official negligence, an outbreak of over 400 cases in 59 villages of Volta Region’s Nkwanta District during January-March 2003 was reported at this meeting. The outbreak investigation, which was still incomplete, was triggered when technical assistants in adjoining Nanumba District (Northern Region) followed up when patients from Nwanta District began to appear at a case containment center in Nanumba District to receive treatment for their emerging Guinea worms. Following the review meeting, the program made plans to complete the search of Nkwanta District villages immediately, and to begin trainings and implementation of Worm Weeks and other interventions there with the help of U.S. Peace Corps on March 22-28, 2003.

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