Ebola protective equipment structure inaugurated at Tema

The inner part of the Ebola Treatment  CentreAN GH¢80,000 medical store meant to house Ebola Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), was yesterday inaugurated and handed over to the Ministry of Health (MOH), at Tema.

The edifice, situated near the National Ebola Treatment centre at the Tema General Hospital, was provided by Barry Callebaut, a Swiss group that manufactures high-quality chocolate and cocoa products.

The structure funded from the company’s trust fund, is made up of two medical stores, an office and a washroom to accommodate specific equipment and staff at the centre.

The Managing Director of Barry Callebaut, Mr. John Andre, said the provision of the structure was made possible through the joint efforts between his company, the Swiss Embassy and the MOH, when Barry Callebaut felt the need to support the Ebola centre in August 2014.

He lauded Ghana for her active participation in tackling the Ebola outbreak in the affected West African countries, by sending medical volunteers to assist in the containment of the disease.

“I want to say a thank you for the courage, energy and dedication of men and women in this battle by remitting this facility to the Ministry of Health,” he said.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Victor Bampoe, who received the facility for the ministry said the provision of the centre would go a long way to deepen measures put in place to ensure that Ghana does not suffer from Ebola.

He said the MOH had, since the Ebola scare in the country last year, designed strategies to protect the country form Ebola infections and also trained health workers to contain the disease, in case of any outbreak.

“All 138 Ebola suspected cases recorded in the country since last year tested negative, and there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Ghana,” he said.

The deputy Minister encouraged Ghanaians to remain vigiliant and prepared, to prevent Ebola infections in Ghana.

From Linda Aryeetey, Tema

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