Akosombo Dam spillage may bring an increase in malaria cases in the area according to the Deputy Director of Health Services for the Volta Region, Dr. Senanu Kwesi Djokoto.
According to him, there is possibility of an increase in malaria and other diseases in the areas affected by the flood resulting from spillage of water from the Akosombo and Kpong dams, if efforts are not made to prevent same.
“Because of the exposure to the weather, people are sleeping rough, they are sleeping in classrooms, some are sleeping in open spaces and they are exposed to mosquito bites. The environment is good for the mosquito to breed. So, we are expecting to see an increase number of malaria cases if there is no intervention. So, all these cases would escalate if there is no intervention.” Dr. Senanu said on TV3’s show Ghana Tonight on Thursday, October 19, 2023
Dr. Senanu Kwesi Djokoto further added that, “So, the focus of our response system is first of all to try and prevent. So, we are doing a lot of risk communication so that people adopt the right behaviors. Then we are doing a lot of social mobilization so that everybody will come in and support and get people what they actually need.”