Ghanaians Warned Against Travelling To Ebola Areas

Ms Hannah Tetteh briefing the media at the press conference yesterday. Photo Seth Osabukle (3)The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration  yesterday, issued  a Travel Advisory, warning Ghanaians not to travel to the three countries affected by the Ebola  Virus Disease (EVD).

“If it is not absolutely necessary, we advise that no Ghanaian should travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia,’’  Ms. Hannah Serwah Tetteh, the sector Minister said, and  explaining  that “The travel ban is  to prevent the citizens from contracting the disease’’.

Addressing the media on the President’s participation in the U.S-African Leaders Summit, she seized the opportunity to speak on the Ebola crisis and said the Travel Advisory, had become necessary , “in view of the accelerated nature of the disease in those countries.’’

The minister said it was through movement and body contact with affected persons, that the disease could spread.

She,  however, said Nigeria had not been affected by the Travel Advisory due to the stringent measures put in place by the Nigerian authorities  to control it.

In view of the disease, she announced that Ghana for the next three months, had cancelled all international conferences and meetings that were scheduled to take place in the country.

Ms. Tetteh said the Black Stars would also not play any match in any of the countries affected by the disease, and consequently, Ghana would not allow football teams of the countries affected by the disease to play their matches here.

Outlining measures to combat the disease, she said the President had allocated GH¢6million to procure equipment for health care personnel.

In addition, the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce which includes  the Ministry of Defence, Ghana Armed Forces, and the Ministry of Health, among others, and a Technical Committee, has been formed to initiate measures to combat the disease.

The Inter-Ministerial Taskforce and the Technical Committee, she said, would assist the Ghana Immigration Service to patrol the country’s borders and screen people  entering the country.

Ms Tetteh said three emergency centres would be created in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale to handle the disease.

She said insurance would be provided for all health personnel to cover them against the disease.

Touching on the President’s participation in the U.S-African Leaders Summit, Ms. Tetteh said the summit was to strengthen the existing healthy  relations between the   United States and Africa .

She said it was also to create a partnership for job creation, and accelerate the development of the African continent.

Ghana, Ms Tetteh said “came home with the most benefits from the summit.”

“Aside from the Millennium Challenge Compact of which Ghana is to benefit $498 million to improve power generation, the country would also benefit from the Power Africa Project, President Obama’s project to double power generation in Africa,” she said.

Under the project, General Electric, a leading U.S power company, is to invest in an energy project to add additional megawatts of power to the national grid.

Ms. Tetteh said Ghana will benefit from the U.S Security and Governance Initiative in which the US government had pledged $65 million to help improve peace, security and stability in the sub-region.

She said Ghana would also benefit from the U.S Support for Peace Keeping in Africa.

Under the three-year project, she said the U.S government had allocated $110 million seed  capital for the project and would provide additional financial support to the project each year.

By Kingsley Asare

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