22 August 2014

Ghana: Health Workers Sensitised On EVD

press release

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has urged all health practitioners not to be scared of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) but should treat patients with care.

The GMA said safety precautionary measures such as proper hand washing with soap under running water after handling patient or dead bodies would help prevent the disease.

Speaking at a symposium on EVD in Accra, yesterday, Dr Ernest Yorke, chairman of the Greater Accra Division of the GMA, disclosed that the lack of isolation and treatment centres at hospitals across the country was an issue to be looked at.

Dr Yorke added that patients suspected with the symptoms were to be isolated in a holding room while calling for a focal person within the facility to take a sample for investigation, should they encounter any suspected case.

He said work should begin in earnest on the proposed treatment centres across the three geographical belts of the country, namely the Southern, Middle and the Northern zone.

He advised all health workers to avail themselves of all educational programmes to improve their knowledge and preparedness towards the disease.

Dr Yorke admonished them to use their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when attending to patients suspected of the EVD.

Source: ISD (Faith Junko Ogawa & Wellina Neequaye)

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