The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed drug resistant gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease caused by the Nelsseria gonorrhea bacterium, as a high priority infection that poses a great threat to human health.
WHO has estimated that 700,000 people around the world die annually from drug resistant infections.
Antimicrobial resistance occurs when a strain of bacteria evolves to resist each consecutive treatment, until no treatments are left, leaving these so-called superbugs incurable.
Antibiotics have become less effective against certain bacteria, including N. gonorrhea, largely due to overuse and misuse of antimicrobials.
…Western Region lags behind and Effia Nkwanta is over stretched
The Western Region certainly lags behind when it comes to health services and the only referral hospital in the region is over stretched.
According to Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang Western Regional Director of the Ghana Heath Service, Effia Nkwanta Hospital has only two gynecologists who are overstretched when it comes to caesarean operations.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, he said, though some complications cannot wait, definitely people will have to queue for this kind of service.
Dr Tinkorang said the focus should be the decentralization and retooling of hospitals such as Tarkwa, Eikwe and Sefwi Wiawso to take some of the work load on the Effia Nkwanta Regional hospital.