Health News of Monday, 11 August 2014


Prioritize education on Ebola – Kyrermanteng Agyarko

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wougon constituency Mr. Kyeremanteng Agyarko has said the education on Ebola should be prioritized in a way that will not scare the general public but rather equip them with knowledge that will help prevent the disease from entering the country.

He said messages provided on the disease should be provided in a way that will not over communicate the risks associated with it.

Speaking on Peace FM's morning show ‘Kokrokoo’ Monday, the MP said the provision of protective apparel should not be limited to only hospitals in Greater Accra but other hospitals especially the Tamale Teaching Hospital should be given the necessary support.

The Ebola virus was first detected in 1976 in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and was named after a river in the country.

Current outbreak of the disease has reached alarming rates with governments of the various countries plagued with the outbreak declaring health emergencies.

In West Africa- Liberia, Sierra Leon, Guinea and Nigeria- a total of 1779 suspected cases have been reported with 961 deaths recorded as at August 8, 2014.

There is currently no known vaccine or cure for the disease, but two American citizens, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are reported to be responding to treatment after receiving treatment from at Atlanta’s Emory Hospital with an experimental drug called ZMapp.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) after two days of meeting its emergency committee unanimously agreed to declare the Ebola virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

However, Mr. Agyarko said the government should not “cry wolf” when there is nothing to cry about, adding that the most important thing to be done now is making available the needed funds that will ensure that even if the disease is reported in Ghana, health institutions will be in the right position to tackle it appropriately.

He said the country’s borders should be appropriately secured and people travelling into the country should be properly screened for the disease before being allowed entry.