Health Ministry Dismisses Rumours Of Ebola Case

The Ministry of Health has allayed fears that a fever case recorded at the Nyaho Clinic in Accra is the deadly Ebola virus. There were reports over the weekend that Ghana had recorded its first case of the deadly Ebola disease. Many Ghanaians who heard of it expressed fear since scientists have not yet found a cure for it. But speaking to Kwami Sefa Kayi in an interview on ‘Kokrokoo’, Monday, Mr. Tony Goodman, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health asked Ghanaians to remain calm. According to him, the case is yet to be confirmed by the Ministry and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR). “We expect the general public to remain calm as we wait for the result of blood sample taken for test” he said. More than 400 people have died in what has now become the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Most of the deaths have been in Guinea but there is an increasing number of cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Below is a copy of a statement from the Ministry of Health Suspected Ebola case in Ghana The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the general public that the suspected fever case recorded at the Nyaho Clinic has not been confirmed yet by Noguchi Memorial Research Centre. Meanwhile the Ministry has put in place every precautionary measures at that clinic include additional support of Public Health staff from the Ministry, directive to quarantine patient and clinical staff, supply of protective gowns for staff of that hospital The Ministry has also directed that the case remain at that clinic and retreated until otherwise whilst we wait for the laboratory result from the Noguchi Memorial Research Centre. We expect the general public to remain calm as we wait for the result from the blood sample taken for test. We will like to assure the general public that we have everything under control. Signed: Tony Goodman Public Relations Officer Ministry of Health