Ebola Reaches Ghana, Patient Being Tested As Health Ministry Urges People to ‘Remain Calm’

Monday, July 7, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Avaneesh Pandey
July 07 2014

Ghana is treating its first suspected case of Ebola, the BBC reported Monday. The patient, reportedly an American who had visited Sierra Leone as well, is being treated at the Nyaho Clinic in the capital city of Accra.

In a statement Monday, the Ministry of Health said that although the “suspected fever case” had not yet been confirmed, the government had “put every precautionary measure in place at the clinic, including additional support of public staff from the ministry, directive to quarantine patient and clinical staff and the supply of protective gowns for the staff of the hospital.”

The ministry also appealed to the public to remain calm as it awaited test results from the Noguchi Memorial Research Centre.

If the case is confirmed, Ghana would be the fourth country in West Africa, after Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to fall prey to the deadly virus.

In April, health authorities tested blood samples of 12-year-old girl who died of viral fever in Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest city. The tests, however, came back negative for Ebola.

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