Cape Coast university students undergo thorough Ebola screening

Fresh and continuing students reporting to school at the Cape Coast University were screened Monday, as part of measures to detect any possible carrier of the deadly Ebola virus.

Joy News’ Central Regional correspondent Richard Kojo Nyarko reported from the university that, hundreds of students had lined up for the screening exercise by school and health authorities.

He said they were given risk assessment forms as practiced by the University of Ghana to answer questions regarding the disease.

After a successful assessment by health officials, a student is then directed to a school authority to have his or her form stamped as having gone through the screening process.

Tertiary institutions in the country have been tasked by the Inter-ministerial Committee on Ebola to meet health requirements regarding the deadly disease, through which students would be protected.

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

Three thousand cases and 1,500 deaths have been reported in five West African countries – Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal.

The World Health Organization has predicted there would be 20,000 more cases in the next six months before it is brought under control.

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