The Ghana Health Service has directed all health facilities in the country to put in place response protocol for the Ebola virus.
It comes after three people were confirmed dead of the virus in Guinea after 7 people tested positive.
A statement by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Director-General, Dr Patrick Aboagye urged healths posts to call for help once they detect a case with Ebola features.
“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”.
It noted: “All Regional and District Public Health Emergency Management Committees should include EVD on their agenda. Additionally, regions, districts, health facilities, ports 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,” he stated.
“We are to take note and remind the general public that, under no circumstance should public or private transport be used in transporting suspected EVD case.
“They are to call for support from the District Director of Health Services of respective Districts. Municipalities or Metropolis in the transfer of such persons to a health facility,” he cautioned.