The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) says it is unconvinced by the measures being put in place by the government to prepare health officials to deal with an outbreak of Ebola in the country.
The General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr Frank Serebour told Citi News that although the Ministry of Health was “doing something,” there were still problems that needs to be dealt with.
He added that “the doctors themselves have not been convinced of taking the risk to treat [Ebola patients] should the situation arise”
He believes that “a proper training program and assurances” and not “just equipment” should be made available to the doctors who he says would be “putting their lives at risk” by treating Ebola patients.
The Government has announced the setting up of treatment centers and training programs for Medical officers in the wake of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in other West African countries.
Over 950 people have died, so far from the disease in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, with the World Health Organisation declaring the outbreak in West Africa a global health emergency.
The Ghana Health Service announced that all 37 suspected patients in the country who turned up with Ebola-like symptoms tested negative, meaning Ghana has, as yet, not officially recorded any case of Ebola
Dr. Serebour called on the government “to do more” to ensure that any outbreak of Ebola in the country would be effectively dealt with.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana