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General News of Saturday, 9 August 2014

Source: GBC

Transport operators on Accra-Lagos routes call for education on Ebola

Transport Operators who ply the Accra-Lagos route have expressed worry about lack of education on the Ebola disease to commuters on the corridor.

Speaking to Radio Ghana, the operators said they expect Immigration Officers on the Ghana-Togo border to screen passengers for the Ebola disease as their Nigerian counterparts do.

Meanwhile, fishermen and some fishmongers within the Tema Metropolis have been educated on the Ebola disease as part of measures by the Metropolitan Health Directorate to contain the deadly virus, should it surface in the area.

They were taken through preventive and protective measures as well as symptoms of Ebola.

Talking to Radio Ghana in Tema, the Metro Health Director, Dr John Yabani, said although it is unfortunate for the Country to be dealing with both cholera and Ebola at the same time, the Directorate is working with allied health agencies to sensitize the public especially, fishermen, most of whom are returning from expeditions outside the Country around this time.

Explaining the sources of the virus to the fisherfolks, a nurse at the Tema Manhean Health Centre, Hilda Agyekunu, asked them to be extra careful since the disease has already hit some West African Countries.

The Awudum Chief Fisherman, Nii Odametey, said he is working with other stakeholders on the beach to monitor and report canoes that are returning from expeditions to the appropriate quarters for screening.

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