No Ebola In Ghana

Test results from blood samples of 37 suspected Ebola cases in the country so far have proved negative.

Blood samples from the Ashanti, Eastern and Upper East Regions tested, have all proved negative, the Ministry of Health has revealed.

There was fear and panic across the country following the report of a man crossing the border at Pusiga in the Upper East Region, trying to seek medical attention at Bawku. 

However, test results released yesterday by the Noguchi Memorial Institute on the man’s blood sample from the Tamale Teaching Hospital, did not link his ailment to the deadly Ebola.

For medical reasons and to avoid violating the human rights of the patient, the hospital management would not disclose the exact sickness of the man.

The man, whose appearance at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, scared the hospital staff, has now been moved to one of the special wards for treatment.

A similar incident was reported at Nsawam, in the Eastern Region, on Saturday, when the authorities at the Government Hospital quarantined two suspects who had reported at the facility with symptoms of the deadly virus.

But blood samples taken from all the cases — four from Ashanti, two from Nsawam and one from Bawku — tested at the Noguchi Memorial Centre have shown no traces of the virus in any of the patients, according to government sources.

Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Co-ordinating Council, has summoned the authorities of the regional health directorate to discuss how the situation can be contained in case of any eventuality.

There is no known cure for the deadly virus but the World Health Organisation hopes to find a vaccine by 2015.

“I think it’s realistic,” Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) told AFP, with clinical trials expected to get underway soon

The epidemic, which has mostly affected Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, has been declared as an international public health emergency by the WHO.

By Times Reporter

 

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