Ebola Disease Confirmed In Guinea – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS), has revealed that Guinea has recorded seven cases of Ebola Virus Disease.

All stakeholders in the health sector are aware of the disease. Guinea recorded the cases on Sunday, February 14, 2021. According to reports, three patience have died from the disease already.

The EVD is a serious, often deadly illness in humans caused by the Ebola Virus. The Virus is however transmitted to persons from wild animals.

The Virus spreads itself through human-to-human transfer. It transmit through human contact with body fluids from a person who is infected.

The body fluids include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, unexplained bleeding. Also, tendencies from nose, gums, vagina, skin or eyes, as well as vomiting and diarrhoea is likely to occur.

The Health Service has told regions, districts and health facilities to begin readiness and response plans for the EVD.

All Regional and District public Health Emergency Management committees are therefore to include EVD on their agenda according to the GHS.

Additionally, regions, districts, health facilities, port health units at all border posts particularly along the the Western border and all landing beaches are to heighten close observation for EVD using the standard case definition.

Also, they are to remind all Ghanaians and residents in Ghana on the need to protect themselves from the disease. Ghanaians should prevent themselves from the virus doing the following:

  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids (such as urine, saliva, sweat, faeces, vomit, breast milk and semen) of people who show any of the symptoms.
  • Practice hand hygiene: frequent hand washing with soap and under running water or use an alcohol based sanitizer.
  • Do not handle items that have may come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.

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