- The Ghana Health Service has called on all health institutions to be on high alert as the deadly Ebola Virus Disease has been recorded in Guinea
- Seven cases of the deadly virus were confirmed on February 14, 2021
- Three out of the seven have died
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The Ghana Health Service has called on all health institutions to be on high alert as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been recorded in Guinea.
On February 14, 2021, the country confirmed seven cases of the virus leading to the death of three people.
The outbreak which started in Guinea and then moved to Sierra Leone and Liberia has returned to Guinea again.
The Ebola Virus Disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus which is transmitted from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
In a release sighted by YEN.com.gh, the Ghana Health Service directed all regions, districts, and health facilities to initiate preparedness and response plans of EVD.
“All regions, districts, health facilities, port health units at all border posts particularly along the Western border and all landing beaches are to heighten surveillance for EVD using the standard case definition," the statement noted.
The GHS has however mentioned some ways by which the virus can be prevented.
It is advised that people avoid contact with blood and body fluids of people who show any of the Ebola symptoms
Just like the coronavirus, it is advised that proper hand hygiene by frequently washing hands with soap under running water be practiced, and also the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is encouraged.
It is also advised that people stay away from consuming bushmeat, raw or undercooked meals.
Symptoms such as severe headache, fatigue, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising are to be reported to health facilities immediately,
From 2014 to 2016, there were 28 000 cases, including 11,000 deaths when the disease was confirmed in West Africa.
In other news, the coronavirus disease also known as COVID-19 has killed 28 more people in Ghana, raising the country’s death toll to 561.
A total of 702 new COVID-19 cases were also recorded, making the active cases 7,866.
There seems to be a reduction in the active cases and the total recorded cases as statistics from February 15 indicated that there were 718 new cases and 8,216 active cases.
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