Are Bats Threat To Human Health In Ghanaian Cities?


Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera; with their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals capable of true and sustained flight.


Bats are more manoeuvrable than birds, flying with their very long spread-out digits covered.

Scientific name: Chiroptera.

Hibernation period: 183 days.

Phylum: Chordata.

Length: Hammer-headed bat: 23 cm, Common vampire bat: 7.8 cm, Common pipistrelle: 4 cm.


Bats are more than one species worldwide and they can be grouped into minor and major according to their sizes.

Though bats are classified by some people “edible and non edible” in most communities in the world.

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Bats were popular meat for some people in the world including Ghanaians for some days back. Quite recently, during the outbreak of “Ebola”, bats were discovered to be health threatening animals meant for human consumption.

Scientific researchers are still holding this result.

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It is a subject to quiz that communities in Ghana especially Kumasi, Sunyani and other places with canopy trees are staged with these bats. Making noise here and there. Are they not health threatening?

Can their presence cause any outbreak of disease?

And why at all are they left there?

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These are some vital questions some concern citizens of Ghana are asking authorities.

Moreover, it could happen it is not only to consume as food would be dangerous but as they urinate and pass out stools and other unseen respiration processes could be factored.

Nsempafie Media is calling on authorities and stakeholders in-charges to pay note to this immediately.

By Alex Kolan

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