MPs Calls For Protective Measures Against Ebola Virus

The Chairman of the Health Committee of Parliament and MP for Wa
West, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has called for an urgent meeting among
health stakeholders and national security to discuss and fashion out
measures to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering into the
country.

The call comes following the reported spread of the disease
in Liberia after killing scores of people in Guinea.

The Chairman of the Health Committee, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, made the call on the floor
of Parliament yesterday when the Speaker admitted a statement on
the disease.

He observed that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
threatens Ghana’s borders. As a result, stakeholders should not wait
to be caught unprepared.

The ranking member on Health and MP for Nhyiaeso, Richard Anane,
also added his voice to the call and asked the Ministry of Health to
liaise with other health ministries in the sub-region to strategise to
contain the disease.

The Ebola haemorrhagic fever is caused by one of the deadliest viruses
known to mankind, killing up to 90 percent of people it infects. In
the worst cases, it shuts down organs and causes uncontrollable
bleeding.

Of the 1,850 people diagnosed with Ebola
haemorrhagic fever since the virus was first identified in the
Democratic Republic of Congo, 38 years ago1,200 have
died. Out of 80 known cases in Guinea, there have been more than 60
deaths.

Neighbouring Liberia has also reported six cases out of which
five have already died.

The First Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton-Odro,directed that the statement be forwarded to the Ministries of Health,
Local Government, Agriculture, Interior and Foreign Affairs for the
needed action to be taken to prevent the Ebola virus from entering the
country.

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