More than 1,600 scabies affected patients in and around Dagbriboari in the northern part of the country have received treatment as at today, Friday.
Speaking to Citi News, Anas Hamza, a nurse in the region said people are turning up in their numbers for the treatment since it was started on Tuesday,24th September 2019.
He however said one of the key drugs for treatment, Benzil benzol has run out at the facility as at this morning.
“The benzil benzol is a lotion we give to the patients to apply. But we are currently short of it though we have called the directorate to help us with it.”
“They are making provisions for that. There are more people also coming for treatment. Currently, we have treated about one thousand and six hundred patients. Also, those with fever, we give paracetamol,” he said.
Earlier this month, paramedics and health experts confirmed reports of an outbreak of scabies at Dagbriboari in the North East Region of the country.
Human scabies is among the ten top skin diseases in Ghana.
It is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite.
The microscopic mite burrows into the skin where it lives and lays its eggs.
The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash. The scabies mite usually spreads by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact.
It can also spread rapidly under crowded conditions, where close body contact is frequent.