Even If You Give Me The Whole World To Test Ebola Virus; I Won't Do It - Kwesi Pratt

Kwesi Pratt Jnr., Editor-in-Chief of the Insight newspaper, has kicked against the Ebola vaccine trials that are expected to be undertaken at Hohoe in the Volta Region.

The vaccine trials is aimed to check the efficacy of the medication that can cure the Ebola virus.

Speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi on "Kokrokoo" programme, Kwesi Pratt held strongly that the Ebola vaccine trial should not be tested in Ghana.

According to him, Ghana has not yet experienced any outbreak and so, trying the vaccine on innocent people may worsen their health.

He also wondered what the outcome of the trial would be since health authorities in charge of the vaccine trial are not aware of its side effects.

“If somebody gives me the whole world to test the Ebola virus, I won’t do it. And since I won’t do it, I won’t pray that anybody will go and do it in Ghana. If I were in Liberia or Sierra Leone, I’d do it because the circumstances there are different. The disease is there but it has not occurred in Ghana.”

Mr. Pratt further noted that the terms outlined for the volunteers to allow themselves to be used as "guinea pigs" to try the vaccine are an affront to them.

“If 21 people at Hohoe are going to be used as guinea pigs to try the medicine and you’ll give them GHC 200 and a mobile phone; it’s an insult. It won’t help at all. It’s an insult…So far I’m not convinced it’s any good thing that should be done in Ghana here," he stressed.