The State Of Disaster Preparedness And Response To Cholera Epidemics In The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA): The Case Of The Indigenous Communities Of La And Chorkor

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dc.contributor.author Gyimah, R.R.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-28T10:16:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-28T10:16:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/23595
dc.description Thesis (MPhil) en_US
dc.description.abstract Ghana like most developing countries is undergoing a rapid population growth and this affects and limits the effectiveness of environmental structures. Cholera epidemics have been an ‘annual ritual’ and communities within the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) record the highest number of cases. This study assesses the households’, communities and local governments’ preparedness and response to cholera epidemics in indigenous communities in La and Chorkor. The research used mixed methodology, namely a rapid assessment tool and a community based-survey through a questionnaire, key informant interviews and direct observation. Person chi-square, binary regression, excel and GIS aided the analyses. From the findings, sanitation and solid waste are the most severe environmental burdens in La and Chorkor. The socio-environmental conditions in La is better than Chorkor. Comparing results with previous studies, conditions in La have gotten better whiles that of Chorkor have worsened. Based on the secondary data, cholera cases over the years have been higher in La than Chorkor nonetheless, cholera cases in the years 2015 was surprisingly low and this buttress the fact that conditions in the area have improved and that of Chorkor worsened. The study revealed that, the preparedness and response level in La was better than Chorkor. Although there were efforts in mitigating cholera by stakeholders, these efforts were challenged by general apathy and bad behavioural practices of residents, lack of cholera preparedness and response framework and inadequate material and human resources amongst others. The study concluded that, the household, community and Local government in La and Chorkor were not prepared hence will not respond effectively to mitigate cholera epidemics. To address the situation, this study recommended strict enforcement of byelaws, infrastructural and social improvement in conditions, resourcing of Assemblies and a bottom up approach in household and community education through families and clan heads. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Ghana en_US
dc.subject Disaster Preparedness en_US
dc.subject Response en_US
dc.subject Cholera Epidemics en_US
dc.subject Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Communities en_US
dc.subject La en_US
dc.subject Chorkor en_US
dc.title The State Of Disaster Preparedness And Response To Cholera Epidemics In The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA): The Case Of The Indigenous Communities Of La And Chorkor en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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