Ebola outbreak still real – WHO warns Ghana

The World Health Organization has warned that the Ebola epidemic is far from over.

WHO Country Director, Dr. Magdalene Rabalo is therefore urging Government to scale up Ghana’s preparedness against the deadly virus.

She also urged Ghanaians to be vigilant to avoid contracting the disease.

Joy News’ Michaela Anderson, covering a forum organized by the WHO in Accra, said the organisation observed that most Ghanaians have gone to bed forgetting that the Ebola threat is still real.

Ebola has killed more than 9,500 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea that were most affected by the epidemic. However there is a remarkable reduction in the rate of infection in these countries.

Ghana engaged in an intensive education campaign in the heat of the epidemic, but the WHO forum has observed that the education drive has been truncated in the country.

Dr. Magdalene Rabalo warned against activities that could expose people to Ebola infection.

The country’s borders are porous, people are now eating bats, a major transmitter of the virus, and are also fond of shaking hands during social events which could easily spread the virus, the WHO Country Director observed.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Medical Association has questioned if the country as a whole has gone to bed when the virus hangs around, but Deputy Health Minister Victor Bampoh assured that the country is doing everything to contain the virus should it break in Ghana.

He said the government has partnered with the World Bank to train more Ghanaian medical personnel to help fight the virus and other deadly diseases.

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