International Health Regulations (IHR) Focal Person, Mr. Michael Adjabeng has cautioned Ghanaians against spreading false information and alerts on the deadly Ebola Virus disease in Ghana.
The deadly Ebola virus disease which has so far killed over 1,400 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia has been an issue of global concern since March 2014 when the first case of the outbreak was reported in Guinea.
The government of Ghana has put in place various preventive measures including the provision 10,000 personal protective equipment for health workers and reinforcement of security checks at the various entry points of the country.
This notwithstanding, there has been some fear among the general populace following the circulation of some audio tapes and messages especially on social media that cases of the deadly virus have been reported in the country but speaking on Radio Univers’ health literacy show Good Health, Mr. Adjabeng stated that such activities create unnecessary fear and panic in the country as well as disregard to Ghana’s health authorities.
He said, “people should not be mischievous by sending out information that is not right and letting everyone be on a wild goose chase. It creates unnecessary fear and panic”.
Mr. Michael Adjabeng further called on the general public to report suspected cases of Ebola to health authorities for the necessary investigations to be carried out as well as make use of the Ghana Health Service’s announced phone lines (0299009958, 0299009970, and 0299009949) to seek credible information on the Ebola virus disease.
About 45 suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in Ghana, however none have proven positive.