Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah
Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah

The Government of Japan and Samsung Electronics have at a joint ceremony presented assorted protective gears, gadgets, and paraphernalia to the Ministry of Health to strengthen its readiness towards Ebola prevention in the country.

Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah
Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah

Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, Ambassador of Japan, handed over 300,000 posters and brochures – 150,000 each – to Ghana?s Health Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang.

He said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was also procuring laboratory equipment, reagents and personal protection equipment for diagnosis and medical research.

??JICA is also supporting some of the very critical areas in line with national preparedness and response plan for the prevention and control of the Ebola virus disease such as the provision of non-contact hand-held thermometers ?and training for Ebola response,? Mr Yoshimura said.

He said it was good news that Ghana had not recorded any Ebola case so far, but said that presented a strong challenge to the government in terms of its preparedness to educate and sensitise citizens to stay safe from the disease and to provide logistics to safeguard health and allied personnel in the event of an outbreak.

Mr. Jaspreet Singh, Director for Mobile at Samsung Electronics West Africa, presented plastic aprons, shoe covers, disposable gloves, and safety goggles, face masks as well as Tyvek Classic Xpert Disposable Coverall, valued at GH? 35,000.

He said the company was not only interested in meeting its business objectives but to demonstrate its corporate citizenship to help the Ministry prevent, prepare and combat the Ebola virus.

Dr. Agyemang said the framework of the national preparedness plan to prevent the disease was on course, saying, that about 85 suspected Ebola cases had proved negative, while the government was intensifying screening efforts and public education.

The Public Relations Officer of Ministry of Health, Mr Tony Goodman, told the Ghana News Agency that the nation was ?very prepared? because about 10 medical staffs had gone through training on Ebola in Brazil and Brazzaville and were currently training health staff on the field.

He dismissed concerns that with Ghana recording more than 120 cholera deaths in recent times it was an indication that authorities could not fight the Ebola menace in case of any outbreak.

He said: ?Ghana is endemic when it comes to cholera but Ebola could be transported here, but the government has instituted adequate measures to deal with the canker.

The Government has announced that ?30 million has been earmarked to deal with the world deadliest Ebola epidemic that on record.

The disease has as of now infected almost 6,000 people in West Africa and killed nearly half of them, according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest figures.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).1

Fever, body aches, and sore throat as that of malaria and typhoid, are seen at the initial stages of Ebola infection.

As the infection progresses, patients experience severe internal bleeding with blood leaking out of their mouth, eyes, ears and the vessels.

From the time of infection, the incubation period is two to 21 days.

Ebola cannot spread through the air like flu. It is fragile in nature so can be checked with soap solution, detergents and disinfectants.

Getting an infection requires direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, saliva, sweat, and semen.

The first Ebolavirus species was discovered in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, near the Ebola River. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically.

GNA

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