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Ghana Health Service alerts public as Ebola breaks out in Guinea

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The Ghana Health Service has alerted the public of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, a West African country.

Guinea has confirmed seven cases of Ebola and three people have died as a result.

In a letter signed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye has called on Ghanaians to take precautionary measures against the virus.

 “This is to inform all stakeholders in the health sector of the confirmation of seven (7) cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea on 14 February 2021. Three of the cases have died from the disease.”

“EVD is a severe, often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. It can be transmitted through contact with body fluids of a person infected with the virus,” the letter said.

It has also directed all regions, districts and health facilities to initiate preparedness and response plans of EVD.

“All Regional and District Public Health Emergency Management Committees should include EVD on their agenda. Additionally, regions, districts, health facilities, port health units at all border posts particularly along the Western border and all landing beaches are to heighten surveillance for EVD using the standard case definition. They are also requested to remind all Ghanaians and residents in Ghana on the need to protect themselves from the disease,” the letter added.

The letter also gave ways to prevent Ebola saying:

  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of people who show any of the Ebola symptoms
  • Practice hand hygiene: frequent handwashing with soap and under running water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids
  • Avoid contact with dead bodies, including participating in funeral or burial rituals of suspected or confirmed Ebola cases
  • Avoid contact with animals or with raw or undercooked meat
  • Do not handle bushmeat
  • Seek medical care immediately if one develops a fever (body temperature 38°C or above) or other symptoms such as severe headache, fatigue, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising

Read full letter here:

EVD-Alert

Source: Ghana Waves

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