What do you know About Ebola As it Emerges Again?
Ebola can spread through various routes making it very dangerous and difficult to deal with, Bono Regional Deputy Director of Public Health, Dr. John Ekow Otoo has said
The West African Sub-Region, Guinea has seen the re-emergence of the Ebola infection as reported that 7 people have been infected with three of them dead, making the Ghana Health Service, coming out with a statement signing a signal to Ghanaians to be vigilant of it.
Dr. Ekow Otoo on Ark FM interview monitored by Soiree News said the disease can be spread through various routes making it very dangerous and difficult to deal with.
He said the transmission could be through droplets, sweat, urine, breast milk, blood, and eating of wild animals that are infected with the virus as disclosed by Dr. John Ekow Otoo the Deputy Director of Public Health in the Bono region.
Dr. Otoo speaking on the possible spread of Ebola said the virus has just started and international health regulation measures must be put in place there the Ebola virus can enter the country soon therefore people must be couscous in their daily activities.
The 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa was the “largest, most severe and most complex Ebola epidemic” in history, according to the World Health Organization. More than 28,000 people were infected, and over 11,000 people died before the international public health emergency ended in June 2016. Most of the cases occurred in three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
Without an effective early-warning system, the virus spread rapidly within the region, revealing the failures of disjointed and under-resourced healthcare systems.
In Sierra Leone, where World Vision concentrated its efforts to battle the Ebola virus disease, cases were first reported in March 2014. Sierra Leone’s health system was ill-prepared to address the overwhelming number of cases.
By March 2016 when Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free, the World Health Organization had documented a total of 14,124 cases, including 3,955 deaths, in Sierra Leone more than any other country.
Ark news engaged some section of the general public in Sunyani to ascertain their knowledge on Ebola. While some believe the disease is a deadly disease hence will not venture bush meat until its outbreak is over, some believe Ghana Health Service and the World Health Organization are only creating fear and panic. To some, their love for bush meat cannot be compared to anything hence they can’t desist from taking it for the sake of a disease they barely believe exist.
Nana Ama Asiedu, Bono Region