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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 102, June 16, 2000
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    June 16, 2000
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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.)
  • Description:
    As seen in Figure 1, Ghana’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program reports a total of 668 cases in April 2000, which is a reduction of –14% from the 771 cases reported in April 1999. This follows the provisional reduction of –10% in Ghana’s cases in March. These are the first monthly reductions in cases in Ghana since January 1999. As Figure 1 shows, however, these modest reductions, although welcome, still exceed the numbers of cases reported in Ghana for those months of 1998. Meanwhile, Ghana’s Northern Region reports that a UNICEF-funded project has now completed rehabilitation of borehole wells in several endemic villages of Nanumba District. As of April 2000, the percentage of endemic villages that have at least one source of safe water in the four highest endemic districts of Northern Region are 44% (Nanumba), 22% (Savelugu/Nanton), 25% (East Gonja) and 14% (Zabzugu/ Tatale). Also as of April, 78% of endemic villages in Northern Region had all households provided with cloth filters, and Abate was applied in 4% of endemic villages. But much more remains to be done. For example, many villages in Kete-Krachi District of Volta Region remain to be investigated for Guinea worm. Dr. Alhousseini Maiga of WHO visited the latter district in May. Consultants from Global 2000 are currently assisting this program in Kete-Krachi and Atebubu (Brong-Ahafo Region) Districts.

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