Ebola Scare: Lighthouse Chapel bans handshakes, hugs

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The Lighthouse Chapel in Accra has directed its members to stop
exchanging pleasantries through handshakes and hugs as part of measures
in preventing the outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in Ghana.

Although the disease is yet to be recorded in the West African country,
the church said it is putting measures in place to avoid any
eventualities. The church, according to reports, has posted notices
warning members against hugging each other within the church premises.

However, the resident pastor of the Royal House Chapel in Accra, which
has also implemented a similar policy, Derick Amanor, said the intention
is not to prevent members from fraternising among themselves.

“We are asking people to take the appropriate precaution, we are asking
them to wash their hands and offering the necessary education but we do
have medical team to attend to such complication so I believe that when
such an issue comes up we can deal with it appropriately,” he told
Accra-based Adom FM.

Ebola has so far killed close to 1,000 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

It is contracted through direct contact with fluids of infected
patients as well as from eating bush meat: apes, fruit bats and
antelopes. The World Health Organization says it has lost control over
the fast-spreading epidemic and has declared it an international public
health emergency.

In compliance, Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone have all declared
national health emergencies and restricted movement in certain areas to
contain the spread.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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