The Eastern Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has cautioned the public to continue to observe the preventive measures against the Ebola virus disease (EVD), especially during the festive season.
The GHS reiterated this at a stakeholders’sensitization workshop on the implementation of social mobilizations on Ebola in the New Juaben Municipality of the Eastern Region organized by the Divine Mother and Child (DMAC) Foundation, a non- governmental organisation promoting maternal and child health.
It was stated that, there was the need to observe personal preventive measures, particularly cultivate the habit of regular hand washing and avoid close contact with people who looked suspicious especially when most people will be meeting at social and religious gatherings.
According to the GHS, even though Ghana has not recorded any case of the EVD, the high number of visitors, families travelling back home and other social and religious gatherings which characterize the yuletide make it unpredictable to guarantee public safety on the EVD.
The deputy regional health promotions officer of GHS, Augustina Nartey, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE in Koforidua after the workshop, which brought together traditional authorities, assembly members, health workers, civil servants and media practitioners, emphasized the importance of people being trained to sustain public awareness in their respective communities.
The Ebola disease has so far killed over 10,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other West African countries, with the latest case recorded in November in Liberia after it was declared Ebola-free.