Ebola update: no known cases in Ghana
UPDATE [Dec 5, 2014]: Still no confirmed cases of Ebola in Ghana
As of Dec 5, 2014, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Ghana.
To date over 6,000 people are reported to have died as a result of being infected. In West Africa deaths have been recorded in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea and Nigeria (the outbreak in Nigeria was declared over on October 20, 2014).
UPDATE [Sep 3, 2014]: Tema General Hospital is currently building an Ebola Centre
The Ebola Centre at the Tema General Hospital is still at its initial stages. The contractor at the site is laying blocks for a tent to be erected. Speaking to Radio Ghana, the Administrator of the hospital, Theresa Sekoh, said the facility is expected to be completed within two weeks.
The hospital is also in talks with the Tema Health Directorate to ensure that the best facility is put in place. The Tema Metropolitan Health Director, Dr John Yabani said a consulting room or ward will be used in the interim should Tema have any patient with suspected symptoms of the disease.
Source: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
UPDATE [Aug 6, 2014]: From Ghana Health Service
Submission of pre-arrival documents to port health
As part of contingency measures to guard against possible arrival of vessels to Tema that may escape the attention of Port Health, Ghana Health Service are advising all shipping lines to deposit their pre-arrival documents with Port Health, particularly of those from the Ebola affected regions of Liberia, Sierra-Leone, Guinea and Nigeria at least 3 days before such vessels arrive.
These documents should include:
- The Maritime declaration of health
- The ports of call list
- The crew
- Eta of the vessel
The submission of these documents will enable Port Health to prepare adequately to meet any eventuality.
Portside will continue to keep you updated on the latest news as it happens.
Ebola in West Africa
An outbreak of Ebola is being widely reported across West Africa. The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now topped 900, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s the deadliest outbreak ever recorded.
In Tema, there are currently no reported cases of Ebola. The Tema Metropolitan Health Directorate has stated that it has put in measures to detect and contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Tema.
In a statement from Dr John Yabani, Director, Tema Metropolitan Health Directorate, he stated that activities have been organised “to sensitise health providers at the Tema Port and health facilities, while community leaders have been educated to use established channels of communication to reach out to people among others.”
He advised Ghana News Agency that since Tema is a Harbour city where people from all parts of the world interact, Tema is highly vulnerable of contracting such communicable diseases and must be on alert.
From Ghana News Agency:
Dr Yabani has called for calm and said there would be a hotline for the disease control officer where residents could call to report any sign or symptoms of the Ebola disease. He advised against the eating bush meat as wild animals such as rodents, monkeys, porcupines and bats could transmit the virus to humans when eaten.
Source: Ghana News Agency
Facts about Ebola
Amid fears that air travellers could spread Ebola to other countries, many are asking questions about the disease and how it is transmitted. We believe it is important to know the facts about Ebola so we’ve compiled some information for you.
To begin, Ebola is one of the most deadly viruses known in the world today. It is extremely infectious and can kill up to 90% of those who contract it. There are five strains of the virus with the Zaire strain being the most deadly.
How is Ebola transmitted?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the fact that the deadly Ebola virus is not an airborne disease as many believe it to be.
According to Dr. Magda Robalo, the WHO Country Representative, Ebola cannot spread through coughing and sneezing rather by coming into contact with body fluids of those suffering from the viral disease.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, general body pains, vomiting, diarrhoea and rashes. Others are bleeding from all parts of the body like the eye, anus and gums.
How can I prevent contracting Ebola?
People should be vigilant in washing their hands with disinfectant or soap under running water and should also avoid eating uncooked meat.
Is there a vaccine?
There are currently no vaccines for Ebola. There are vaccines in development.
Can you catch Ebola on a plane?
This is highly unlikely. If a patient is actively ill with Ebola, they are unlikely to be well enough to get to the airport and board a plane. If an infected person does make it to a plane Ebola is not an airborne virus – transmission occurs only from direct close contact with the ill person’s bodily fluids.
For more detailed information, visit this page at WHO.
Or watch this short informative video below: