Ghana’s preparedness to contain any Ebola outbreak is set to receive substantial support from the Norwegian government.
The world health organization has signed an agreement with Norway for the release of 1million dollars for the Global Action Plan for Ebola Preparedness in Ghana.
The funds come at a time health facilities across the country complain of inadequate Personal Protective Equipment and non-existent isolation centers to handle suspected cases.
W.H.O country representative to Ghana, Dr Magda Robalo explained that the funds will be used to support health facilities and to organize general public education on Ebola.
She stated that another leg of the Ebola Education Exercise which needed attention apart from prevention and control was, ”to minimize fear, stigma and discrimination and to also assure people that there is something that can be done about it”.
She added that “the funding will also go to support some lab activities basically to provide some supplies and reagents to the stock of the Noguchi memorial research institute.
Over six thousand people have contracted the deadly Ebola Viral Disease while close to three thousand have already died in affected countries in West Africa.
The United Nations has warned that without stronger efforts to contain the disease, more than 20,000 people could be infected with Ebola by early November.
Later on Friday evening at 8:30 pm, Ultimate Radio 106.9 will be airing a BBC Africa debate on Ebola assessment and preparedness in the sub region. Be sure to be tuned in here for that interactive debate.
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