National Task Force On Ebola Virus Planned

Mrs.Sherry  AyitteyA national Task Force on Ebola Virus is to be formed this week, to urgently monitor and to mitigate any outbreak of the disease in Ghana.

The multi -sectoral team, which would include experts from the Ministries of Health, the Interior, and Transport and relevant agencies such as Game and Wildlife Department; would monitor and co-ordinate information with regards to the Ebola virus, which has become an epidemic in some countries in West Africa.

Ms Sherry Ayittey, outgoing Minister of Health, announced this to The Ghanaian Times on the sidelines of an on-going stock-taking conference involving public stakeholders in the health sector.

She said the formation of the task force was prompted by the quarantining of a foreigner at the Nyaho Clinic in Accra, due to a suspected Ebola case.

Ms. Ayittey said that person arrived two weeks ago from Guinea where the disease was on the rise, therefore, there was the need to treat the issue seriously.

The minister said at present the case has not been confirmed, as a laboratory test was still on-going at the Noguchi Memorial Institute.

She said: “We are just praying and hoping that this case would also be negative, like the previous Okomfo Anokye case,” and cautioned health personnel treating fever to be vigilant and report suspicious cases.

The minister said the taskforce would immediately move into action and co-ordinate affairs in addition to a surveillance unit, which has been in operation since February when the first alarm was raised in Kumasi.

Ms. Ayittey said the mandate of the taskforce was to coordinate with experts from sister countries in West Africa to monitor travellers from the affected countries.   By Lawrence Markwei

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