Paga Port Health unit to receive thermo flash to better detect Ebola suspected cases

The Health Minister says within the next two days, the Port Health Unit at the Paga border will be receiving the thermo flash needed to better detect signs of the Ebola virus on suspected persons.

The health unit is requesting for just ten of the thermometers also know as thermo flash.

According to Dr. Kwaku Agyeman Mensah, the ministry has some of the thermometers in stock and would make it available to the unit in the next two days.

Dr. Mensah made the announcement just after health officials at the border appealed to the government to make such equipment available.

Head of the Paga Port Health Unit, Francis Nyamekye earlier Wednesday, appealed to health authorities to urgently make the thermo flash tools readily available to facilitate their work at the border.

Dr. Mensah told Joy FM’s Seth Kwame Boateng that by September 8, the first batch of 1000 thermometers (thermo flash) would also arrive in the country.

Out of which 500 would be allocated to the tertiary institutions while the remaining 500 would be shared among the border posts across the country.

The minister added that when the other consignment is delivered later, the other agencies would be also considered.

Some Sierra Leonean and Guinean nationals entering Ghana through the Burkina Faso border were turned away for failing to produce health certificates covering Ebola screening.

Mr. Francis Nyamekye had told Joy News’ Upper East Regional correspondent, Albert Sore that health officials at the border feared the travellers may be carrying the disease into Ghana.

He noted the unit did not have the thermo flash used to better detect signs of the Ebola virus and therefore, the travellers were made to return.

“Once they had not been screened and without an Ebola screening certificate, they were made to return to their countries.”

Albert reported that a structure erected at the border for screening travellers entering Ghana, could house about 50 people at a goal.

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