Ghana will from Thursday, June 18, begin a sensitization exercise in the Greater Accra Region on an impending Ebola vaccine clinical trial in the country, Health Minister Alex Segbefia said here Tuesday.

WHO Ebola Vaccine
WHO Ebola Vaccine

The exercise, which is aimed at disabusing the minds of Ghanaians against the perception that the vaccine trial will end up spreading the Ebola virus in Ghana, will later be conducted in the Volta, Brong Ahafo and the Upper East Regions.

Segbefia made these known when he appeared before Parliament to explain the rationale behind the intended clinical trial of the deadly Ebola virus.

Last week, Parliament ordered that the trial be suspended following concerns expressed by some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Volta Regional branch of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and some Members of Parliament (MPs).
Segbefia, who was out of the country, called for an immediate suspension of the exercise, saying Ghanaians were not psychologically ready to undergo the clinical trial.

The minister in his address to Parliament explained the choice of Hohoe in the Volta Region as the center for the clinical trial saying, Hohoe and Kintampo (in Brong Ahafo Region) had over the years been sites for clinical trial of vaccines.

He said standard protocol had been followed prior to the approval for the vaccination to take place.
He said, however, that, despite the rigorous nature of the approval process, the stakeholder consultation needed to have been done.

The minister stressed that not a single test had so far been conducted and the vaccines in question had not been imported yet for the exercise to be carried out. Enditem

-Xinhua

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