Minister Takes Ebola Crusade To James Town

Nii Afotey Agbo(inset),Greater Accra Minister addressing the fisher men at Jame town..JPG (2)The Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council has organised a forum at James Town in Accra, to educate chief fishermen on the signs and symptoms of Ebola, as well as best ways to manage cholera.

The meeting followed information reaching the council that some returnee fishermen infected with Ebola had arrived in the Central Region from other affected neighburing countries.

The forum was attended by, , the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive Mr..Alfred Okoe Vanderpujie, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ms. Sherry Ayittey and the Deputy Director of Public Health, Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate Dr, John Eleeza.

Some officials from the National Commission for Civic Education, (NCCE) and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the president of Greater Accra fishermen, Nii.Abbey Tsekwanda where also presents at the forum

The forum paved the way for the prominent people present and health professional to interact with the fishermen and to provide them with first hand information on the deadly Ebola virus.

The fishermen were also educated on the need to observe personal and environmental hygiene.

Mr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpujie told the fishermen that the Ebola Virus Disease had dominated some countries in West Africa and had been the main disease, causing major deaths in the West African sub-region for some time now.

He said the forum was meant to ensure that the works of the fishermen, flourished and becomes safe in the wake of the outbreak of ebola and cholera diseases in the country.

The Minster of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ms. Sherry Ayittey, said that fishing was vital to the Ghanaian society and the health and wellbeing of the fisherman was also important to government.

He tasked the fishermen to educate the entire Ga community on the need to ensure that all visitors from abroad to the Ga communities were screened from day one to 21 day of visit as the Homowo festival approaches.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, called on Ghanaians to be disciplined in waste disposal.

Careless disposal of solid and liquid waste in every part of the Greater Accra Region, according him had led to the cholera outbreak.

“We must all learn to be patriotic and check people who dispose waste any how in our communities,” he said.

By Linda Aryeetey






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