Accra, Feb. 28, GNA –
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has reassured Ghanaians that it will continue to
intensify preparedness activities and heighten surveillance at all points of
entry to prevent any suspected case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) into the country.
The assurance comes
after Nigeria, the first African country in the Sub Sahara and a neighboring
country recorded its first confirmed case of the deadly disease.
Kuma-Aboagye, the Director General of the GHS, in a statement issued in Accra
and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) entreated the general public to stick
to the following precautionary measures of:
Regularly wash hands
with soap under running water or if possible use hand sanitizers regularly,
practice common cough/sneezing etiquette such as covering of mouth with
handkerchief or tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, if you have recently
arrived from any of the countries that have reported a case.
It advise that
people stayed away from crowd (self-quarantine) for at least 14 days and in
cases of persistent cough or fever, contact the call centre for assistance on
these lines; 055 2222 004, 055 2222 005,
050 9497700, 055 8439 868.
“Do not visit
any health centre/facility on your own if you have just returned from any of
the affected countries, and you are exhibiting symptoms like fever, cough and
difficulty in breathing. Call the numbers above for assistance,” it said.
entreated citizens to temporary avoid non-essential visit to affected
It said, in order to
streamline communications and avoid creating fear and panic, it advised the
media to speak to only designated experts whose contact has been given below:
General, Ghana Health Service-Dr. Patrick Kuma-Abaoagye, the Director Public
Health Dr. Badu Sarkodie, the Deputy Director, Disease Surveillance Dept. Dr.
Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe and Dr Dennis Laryea, the Port Health Coordinator.
It urged that all
media enquiries should also be directed to the Public Relations Unit of the
Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.
requested to avoid spreading messages on social media that has the potential to
cause fear and panic if the source is not authenticated by the Ministry of
Health/Ghana Health Service.
It also encouraged
the media to devote airtime time in educating the general public on the
preventive measures they may need to adopt to avoid infection and the spread of
continue to monitor the situation globally and update the general public
accordingly” it said.
Nigeria is the 49th
country to report a coronavirus case, but one of the first in Africa.
In China, the
epicentre of the deadly disease – the National Health Commission on Friday
reported at least 44 new coronavirus deaths, bringing to 2,788 the number of fatalities
killed more than 2,800 people and infected more than 83,000 worldwide.