In a follow-up on the pneumococcal meningitis outbreak in the West African nation of Ghana,  The Ghana Health Service has released updated figures on the outbreak that shows the case count has risen to 548, including 93 deaths.

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The outbreak began last December. The Brong Ahafo region is leading with 359 cases of meningitis and 52 fatalities.

Earlier, Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, the Upper West Regional Minister, has tasked the regional health directorate to address the emergence of pneumococcal meningitis, cerebrospinal meningitis, and other diseases in the region.

While addressing the 2015 Annual Regional Health Sector Performance Review Conference held in Wa, he tasked the directorate to find innovative ways to prevent the spread of the diseases which may be common across communities and districts.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has supported the Ministry of Health with rapid diagnostic testing kits (Pastorex), other laboratory reagents and technical support community and facility surveillance, sensitization and case management.