Regional News of Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Health Minister Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Mensah is confident Ghanaians will not see the Ebola virus even though they will hear about it in other countries.
He gave the assurance in an interview with Joy News' Seth Kwame Boateng shortly after visiting the Elubo border, Tuesday.
Immigration and Port officials at the Elubo border in the Western Region say measures they have put in place will make it extremely difficult for anyone with the Ebola virus to enter Ghana from their end.
According to them, the Elubo border and all unapproved routes to Ghana from Ivory Coast have been well secured to make it impossible for anyone to enter Ghana without their knowledge.
The Health Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Mensah, his deputy, Director General from the Ghana Health Service and Country representative of the World Health Organization spent time with officials at the Elubo border to learn at first hand what they are doing to ensure that no one with the deadly disease enters Ghana from that border.
The head of Port Health in Takoradi Edward Saka said there has not been any suspected case of Ebola in the area.
He stressed that they take people coming from neighboring Ivory Coast through stringent health checks before they are allowed entry into Ghana.
Head of Immigration at the Elubo border Staff officer Alexander Kpodji told the minister and his entourage they have well secured border.
He said Ghanaians should trust them to do a good job and prevent the disease from getting into Ghana from their end.
Health Minister Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Mensah told Joy News' Seth Kwame Boateng what he has seen at the Elubo border gives him hope that Ghana will not record any case of Ebola.
"I am impressed with what i have seen here and the assurances given by the Port Health and Immigration," he said
He however called for more vigilance to ensure that the virus is kept out of the country. "When it comes to Ebola we may hear of it but will never see it," he assured.
The Country Representative of the World Health Organization Magda Robalo said she is convinced Ghana’s borders are secured.