Persons with hearing difficulties not neglected in Ebola education – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says persons with hearing impairment have not been neglected in the ongoing education on the deadly Ebola disease.

Concerns have been raised about the possibility of the service leaving out persons with disabilities in the campaign.

Director General of the GHS, Dr. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira told Joy News, the service has a strategy to handle education for people with disability. 

According to him, the GHS “normally get(s) to them through their contact people… we are getting the jingles and the message to them… they have a network across the whole country. They know about Ebola.”

“The social mobilization group sub-committee we listed all the groups that should be reached, the kayayeis, the various bodies in the prayer camps so they are moving round trying to get all of them involved,” Dr. Denkyira added.   

Meanwhile the Health Ministry is unhappy with what it says is the misuse of Ebola hotlines put out in the media.

Tony Goodman, Public Relations Officer of the Health Ministry told Joy News people call with funny stories instead of Ebola sensitization.

“We thought we were putting these numbers out there for people to call during emergencies because they did not know a lot [about] Ebola as claimed in the media so these numbers were given for people to tell us what exactly they would need to know,” he said.

“But people will call you with funny stuffs… instead of using the lines for its purpose …so I think we have to be serious about this. Ebola is not something that we need to be joking with so Ghanaians we should desist from using some of those emergency lines,” for jokes, Tony Goodman lamented.

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