Doctors Demand Insurance Against Ebola

Doctors at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital are asking for an insurance cover from the government as condition for treating any Ebola case referred to the hospital. Doctors at the hospital made their demand when recently appointed Minister of Health, Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, visited the hospital to acquaint himself with the state and operations of the medical facility. The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr Samuel Asiemah, said an insurance cover against possible Ebola infection among doctors would also psychologically prepare and motivate health personnel to risk their lives for others. He gave assurance that the hospital is prepared to assist in managing any outbreaks and asked for protective gear and adequate equipment for medical staff. Dr Asiemah said as part of safeguards against any possible outbreak, the hospital has established an emergency suite to quarantine any victim of the disease. “Nobody goes to the hospital with Ebola written on their forehead; hence we will be careful about how we handle any patient walking in with a fever and any of the other symptoms of Ebla virus infection” He mentioned other symptoms of Ebola as headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite. In addition, he said some patients might experience rashes, red eyes, hiccups, cough, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, difficulty in swallowing and bleeding inside and outside the body. Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by the above-mentioned symptos spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus (Ebola Virus) whose normal host species as unknown and it has no cure. The virus, according to the World Health Organisation, has so far claimed 887 lives in West Africa while 1,603 more have been infected.