INITIATE RESPONSE PROTOCOLS FOR EBOLA – GHS DIRECTS ALL HOSPITALS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has directed the management of all health facilities in the country to initiate response protocols for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

This follows Guinea confirming at least seven cases of the deadly disease resulting in the death of 3.

To ensure that the nation is prepared to combat the virus, the GHS Director-General, Dr Patrick Aboagye in a statement on Tuesday has asked all Regional and District Public Health Emergency Management Committees to include EVD in 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.

The Director-General further advised Ghanaians to practice safety protocols, including regular hand washing, avoiding contact with animals, and desisting from eating bush meat.

“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 cases.

“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.

Source: https://www.myjoyonline.com/initiate-response-protocols-for-ebola-ghs-directs-all-hospitals/

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