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Floods in western Africa: health relief arrives

A health official from Ghana talking about health risks.
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Ghana: health risks

“Some communities were deprived of health services for about two and a half months,” says Dr Kyei Faried, acting regional director of health services for the region. "The last completely cut-off riverside village was reached only in mid-November.”

Two potential health risks that have been aggravated by the floods are malnutrition from possible food shortages to come, and the guinea-worm disease, which has been drastically reduced in Ghana over the past two decades but breeds in standing water, he said.

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