Ghana: Ebola scare hits 37 Military Hospital

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An Ebola scare hit the 37 Military Hospital in Accra yesterday

following the admission of two Ghanaian soldiers who recently returned

from peacekeeping duties in Mali.

The two soldiers are currently in isolation at the Bandoh Ward A and

although their blood samples are yet to be tested at the Noguchi

Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), medical personnel and

some patients on admission appeared alarmed when the Daily Graphic

visited the hospital.

Information picked up indicated that the two patients were admitted

last Tuesday, but suspicion of their being infected by the Ebola virus

was raised yesterday.

Tight-lipped staff

The Daily Graphic also learnt that some patients had been moved from

their wards, while some medical staff stood in groups to discuss the


Although most of the medical staff and other officials were

tight-lipped over the issue, a doctor who spoke on condition of

anonymity said it was yet to be confirmed if the soldiers had

contracted the disease.

It was observed that men in military uniform and wearing protective

equipment were disinfecting the wards.

Blood sample

The Deputy Director of Information and Press Relations of the

hospital, Lieutenant Commander Andy La-Anyane, told the Daily Graphic

that the blood samples of the two soldiers had been sent to the NMIMR

for further laboratory investigations.

He said the soldiers were currently not showing any signs of the

disease, adding that "we are waiting for the results from Noguchi".

He explained that it was part of precautionary measures for troops who

returned from countries hit by the disease to be quarantined for

medical investigations.

Lt Commander La-Anyane said that was because the Military High Command

did not want soldiers who returned from such countries to "go back to

the barracks and probably infect other people if they had contracted

the disease".

He stated that the command would not hesitate to put the information

out if the sample tests turned out to be positive.

Source: Graphic Online

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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