No Ebola virus recorded at Korle Bu
The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has stated there is no Ebola virus case recorded at the infirmary.
A police officer visited the hospital coughing, with blood in his stool Tuesday, creating suspicion that he might be carrying the deadly virus.
His blood samples have since been taken for medical tests. Even before the results are out, hospital officials are optimistic it is not an Ebola case.
The medical staff on duty that day, reports said, fled the Surgery, Medical and Emergency Unit of the hospital upon seeing the patient.
But the Public Relations Officer of the infirmary, Mustapha Salifu told Joy News they were confident it could not be the Ebola virus and therefore, the general public should not be alarmed.
According to him, the hospital is fully equipped to handle cases on Ebola. ‘We have been provided with some protective gears. We apply that as and when it’s necessary.’
CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Jupta also told Joy News’ Evans Mensah that the most typically affected persons were doctors and health care professionals.
He said they were at risk because they took care of a very sick person carrying the disease.
Joy News’ Edem Mutah reported from Aflao that public health officials have been gearing up for a screening exercise on travelers, in order to detect possible carriers of the disease.
He said the screening was not all that effective, citing that he (Edem) went to the other side of the border without being screened.
Others also expressed disappointment that they entered Ghana without being screened at the border.
The only way health officials screened persons entering the country was by verbal interviews.
Disease update from the World Health Organization
New cases and deaths attributable to EVD continue to be reported by the Ministries of Health in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Between 21 and 23 July 2014, 108 new cases of EVD, including 12 deaths were reported from the three countries as follows: Guinea, 12 new cases and 5 deaths; Liberia, 25 new cases with 2 deaths; and Sierra Leone, 71 new cases and 5 deaths.
These numbers include laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths of EVD.
Communications Ministry statement
INTER-MINISTERIAL TEAM ON EBOLA VIRAL DISEASE FORMED
As part of efforts to scale up ongoing activities to ensure that Ghanaians are protected from the Ebola Viral Disease, Government has constituted an inter-ministerial team comprising the Ministers for Health, Interior, Defence, Communications and Local Government and Rural Development.
Under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Health, the inter-ministerial team will be responsible for the intensification of the fight against the deadly disease.
They will also supervise the work of an existing technical team made up of representatives from multiple state agencies.
A press briefing will be held tomorrow at the Ministry of Communications by the inter-ministerial team to update the public on not only the measures taken so far but also to indicate further steps to ensure that Ghanaians are protected from the disease.
Edward K. Omane Boamah (Dr)
MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
Accra- July 30TH, 2014.
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