A health expert has remarked that preventing typhoid entails keeping our water and food safe from contamination. Mr. Divine Eli Cophie, a nutritionist and biochemist at Right to Know Consultancy said typhoid is mainly spread by eating or drinking water contaminated with the faeces of an infected person.
Typhoid is known to be one of the bacterial infections affecting most people recently in the northern region. It is one of the most common diseases in Ghana. Some or almost all patients who visit hospitals in the region or Ghana do at least know the word ‘’typhoid’’ to the extent that a patient may not even narrate the whole history to a doctor, instead he or she will be ask to be tested for it.
Despite the awareness of the name of the disease, most people are still ignorant about the disease. Speaking in an interview with Zaa News, Mr. Eli- Cophie noted that the infection is more prevalent in places where hand washing is less frequent. It can also be passed on by carriers who do not know they carry the bacteria.
The symptoms he pointed out include weakness, abdominal pain, constipation, headaches. Washing fruit and vegetables can spread it, if contaminated water is used, Mr. Eli- Cophie added. He has therefore advised that water be boiled thoroughly before cooking, vegetables should also be washed with salt solution, as well as cooking under serene and hygienic environment. Food he said must also be well cooked.
BY: LILIAN D. WALTER