The death toll from the outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) in the Upper West Region has risen to 43 with infections currently standing at 273.

Dr Hafiz bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, briefing journalists on the latest deaths Monday lamented the development is not pleasant at all.

“Since the situation became unbearable, we have had cause to inform the Health Ministry as well as the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as they have not taken their eyes off the ball.

Confirmed CSM death toll in Upper West Region rises to 43 with cases increased to 273

“In fact, the Director General of the Service a few weeks ago had to deploy the Director of Disease Control and Preventive Department to the Region,” he said.

According to him, the DCP boss was there to assess the situation and has since presented his report to the GHS head.

“He has proffered some recommendations and I believe strongly that once we implement those recommendations we will be out of this situation,” Dr Salih added.

Government on Sunday deployed a team of health experts and members of the executive to the Region to deal with the matter.

Confirmed CSM death toll in Upper West Region rises to 43 with cases increased to 273

The delegation led by the Deputy Health Minister, Dr Okoe Boye, has been meeting major stakeholders including chiefs as well as heads of health facilities.

The Upper West Region until now has recorded 40 deaths from the disease with 258 confirmed cases.

In total, about 400 cases have been recorded in the Northern part of the country.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his 8th national address to give updates on Covid-19 situation in the country lamented how CSM is claiming lives.

“The recent, tragic CSM outbreak, with over 40 deaths, has reaffirmed the need for ready access to such infectious disease control centres, even though, in our time, nobody should die of the disease. Early reporting is what is required, and I implore everybody to heed this call,” he said.