People who participate in Ebola vaccine trial will not contract virus – GHS

Head of the Disease Surveillance Unit of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Michael Agyabeng, says people who will participate in a suspended Ebola Vaccine trial would not be infected with the disease.

“There is no way people who participate in the Ebola Vaccine trials could contract the Ebola virus. The component of the virus in the vaccine is synthetic and not natural and so would not affect the health of the participants in the trial”,Mr Agyabeng said.

The Ministry of Health suspended the trials following fierce public outcry.

Mr Agyabeng was speaking at the formal opening of a training workshop for 50 border personnel on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) detection, prevention, management and control at the borders of the country, at Koforidua.

He said currently, there is no cure for Ebola and all the available drugs and vaccines are on trial.

Mr Agyabeng said current developments indicate that, a cure for Ebola patients does not fully protect them since the virus could resurrect in other parts of the body, such as the eyes, hence the need for a better cure.

Members of Parliament called for the suspension of the Ebola Vaccine trials in the Volta Region after safety concerns were raised by some people in Hohoe, where it was scheduled to take place.

The legislators were outraged over the decision by the Food and Drug Authority to authorise the trials without what they claim was an inexhaustive consultation with key stakeholders.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 27,678 cases of the virus have been recorded while as many as 11, 276 people have died.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone alone have recorded 11, 261 deaths out of 27, 642 recorded cases.

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