OMG, the photo of the dragonfly is absolutely spectacular!!! The lighting on the monkey is striking. (Finally, a picture with my beautiful Jolene…fabulous!!!) I can barely wait for Jolene to be back home, but I want you to stay in Africa and keep taking marvelous photos for me to enjoy!!!
Peace, Love & Joy,
Dear Michael Ciaglo,
Ete Sen? Lovely photos and thank you. I also read and re-read the University of Oregon media articles on Ghana with immense pleasure. Each contributor expresses his and her delight about discovery and immersion with the Ghanaian culture with a quiet and charming sense of humour, seriousness, directness and much more. The photos and presentations are remarkable, be it about the expressions of people, the flora and fauna, the countryside and so on. Please convey my admiration for all your work and those of your fellow team mates of the Oregon University for sharing these.
These are the very images that I carry of an indelible Ghana many years ago as an obroni myself. And I have lived in Ghana for many years and still do visit. Whilst Ghana is a wonderful place to visit and re-visit, one must always take especially when health is concerned. Ghana is an endemic zone for many tropical diseases such as Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) and onchocerciasis (river blindness). However tempting it is to want to bathe in the Wli waterfalls, please note that Bilharzia is found in most lakes, rivers, streams and dams in sub-Saharan Africa. If you are still in contact with the members of the team to Ghana please ask them to get in touch with a health specialist on Tropical diseases.
Bilharzia symptoms : Within days after becoming infected, you may develop a rash or itchy skin. Fever, chills, cough, and muscle aches can begin within 1-2 months of infection. Most people have no symptoms at this earlyphase of infection. Eggs travel to the liver or pass into the intestine or bladder. For people who are repeatedly infected for many years, the parasite can damage the liver, intestines, lungs, and bladder.
Treatment for Bilharzia (Schistosomiasis):
Safe and effective oral drugs are available for the treatment of schistosomiasis. Praziquantel is the drug of choice for all species of Schistosoma. Travelers should be advised to contact an infectious disease or tropical medicine specialist. You will be given pills to take for 1-2 days. The cure is relatively painless. There are other tropical diseases but please inform all university students travelling to tropical countries to get appropriate information on health too.
Omission: Ought to read: Whilst Ghana is a wonderful place to visit and re-visit, one must always take precautions especially when health is concerned. Thank you in advance.
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