Three out of ten food vendors in the Nkwanta South Municipality of the Volta Region have hepatitis B infections, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer has revealed.
Madam Cynthia Sekyere said the situation is dangerous and can cause more harm if proper monitoring is not done.
She describes the situation as very alarming and needs urgent attention.
The Environmental Health Officer attributed the situation to poor sanitation and the failure of these people to seek proper medical attention.
She said people in the area do not have access to portable water, engaged in open defecation and improper hygiene in the homes which worsen some of these medical conditions.
Madam Sekyere disclosed that previously typhoid fever was the leading illness with over 2,000 cases but through the kind intervention of World Vision “WASH” programme, they have helped provide good water to some communities and sanitation sensitization and has helped 5 communities to build their own household latrines.