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Title:The Struggle Against Disease in the Gold Coast: Early Attempts
Author:Gale, Thomas S.
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic term:Ghana
urban areas
Health and Nutrition
History and Exploration
Abstract:Death rates in the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana) settlements of the nineteenth century were upon occasion truly appalling. Few colonies offered such an unhealthy combination of bad food and water, poorly maintained living quarters, and absence of any sanitary system. Despite flurries of official concern in the 1870s and 1880s, improvements in the conditions of Gold Coast towns were minimal. The anti-mosquito campaigns plus the town council and segregation schemes inaugurated in the 1890s testified not only to the failure of past sanitary policies; they also showed the continued lack of interest in basic urban sanitary reform. Moreover, since primary attention was given to the maintenance of the health of the European officials, such health reforms as there were had the unfortunate side effect of antagonizing the African population. Notes, ref.