Gov’t Adopts Measures To Halt Ebola’s Entry

Mr Prosper Bani,Chief of Staff (12)The Inter-Ministerial Action Group on Ebola says although tests conducted on all suspected Ebola cases have proved negative, more efforts were being made to safeguard the country from the deadly disease.

In that regard, strategies such as the setting up of treatment and isolation centres, and the provision of protective kits and assessment facilities at the ports, are being reinforced.

Dr. Badu Sarkodie, acting Director of Public Health, Ghana Health Service, and spokesman for the inter-ministerial group, told journalists after a high level emergency meeting at the Flagstaff House in Accra yesterday, to evaluate the country’s preparedness that, the government was also committing the necessary resources for the anti-Ebola operations.

The meeting, held behind closed doors, discussed and reviewed the strategies against the disease, as part of measures to enhance the nation’s response preparedness.

“We have heightened surveillance to ensure that suspected cases are dealt with immediately,” he said.

He explained that the country had so far assessed and evaluated 37 suspected cases of Ebola but they had all turned out to be negative.

As a part of the strategy, he said the Inter-Ministerial Action Group had designated Tema, Kumasi and Tamale as treatment centres for the Southern, Central and Northern zones respectively, while an Isolation Centre had been established at the Kotoka International Airport.

Dr Sarkodie urged Ghanaians not to panic, but remain vigilant, and gave the assurance that adequate surveillance measures had been put in place to deal with any outbreak of the disease.

He said the Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, who chaired the meeting, urged all stakeholders to remain alert and ensure effective implementation of the strategies.

Mrs. Dzifa Attivor, Minister of Transport, also told journalists that the Airport Clinic at the Kotoka International Airport, had been equipped to handle any Ebola case, adding that the Immigration and other security personnel at the airport were being provided with protective kits.

In addition, she said the Ministry was procuring more digital thermometers to check the temperature of travellers at the airport, to quickly detect people with fever, a key sympton of Ebola.

She repeated the decision not to ban flights from affected countries from entering Ghana, indicating that rather, passengers on such flights would be thoroughly assessed.

By Edmund Mingle

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