President John Dramani Mahama has donated some food items to the Government of Liberian towards the upkeep of patients of the Ebola Virus Disease in that West African country.

President Mahama

The items include; 1,000 bags of locally produced rice, 100 cartons of Milk, 100 boxes of Chocolim chocolate drink, 100 boxes of cooking oil, all products of Ghana.

A statement issued by the Flagstaff House Communication Bureau, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the presentation formed part of President Mahama’s visit to three countries that had been heavily hit by the deadly Ebola disease namely; Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

President Mahama, who is also the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, said the outbreak of the disease was retarding development in the Sub-region as tourists and business partners were becoming skeptical in visiting those countries.

The President, who said banning airlines from plying the three countries was not helping, added that the reluctance of some shipping lines to go to those countries was equally discouraging.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, the statement said, commended President Mahama for his leadership, support, and constant engagement since the outbreak of the disease in the three countries and Nigeria

The Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF), according to the World Health Organisation, 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).

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.

According to the world health body, as of 3st August, 3685 (probable, confirmed and suspected) cases and 1841 deaths had been reported in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease by the Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In Nigeria, there have been 21 cases and seven deaths.

In Senegal, one case had been confirmed and there had been no Ebola deaths or further suspected cases.

The current survival rate in this outbreak is 47 per cent, according to the WHO.



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