42 Ghanaian health workers take on Ebola

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Following last month's call for volunteers, in an effort to curb the

Ebola menace, the first batch of West African Health personnel today

left Accra for the three Ebola ravaged countries.

A total of 116 volunteer health workers are being dispatched to

Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in response to a call by the Economic

Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit in Accra on November


A 53-member contingent from francophone West Africa, today left Accra

for Guinea while 42 Ghanaian health workers are currently undergoing

orientation ahead of their departure tomorrow.

The number of Ghanaian personnel exceeded the expectations of the

Health Minister who initially anticipated about 20 healthworkers.

The contingent headed to Guinea is made up of personnel mostly from

francophone countries – Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Benin and Togo.

Deputy Health Minister Dr. Victor Bampoe, speaking to JOYNEWS, said

the 42, made up of doctors and other cadres of health workers

volunteered to be part of the response effort and that they would

leave tomorrow for Sierra Leone with a four-man group from Nigeria.

Dr. Bampoe explained that some of the health workers will "help in

managing some of the cases of Ebola." He went on to say that others

"will be handling support work such as lab work and public health work

and will support the direct management of the cases".

Dr. Bampoe was of the opinion that this venture would provide the

health personnel with valuable experience to manage a potential case

in Ghana.

On the 7thof November, 2014, Health Minister Dr. Kwaku Agyemang

Mensah, promised that Ghana would do its bitbut revealed that he

expected only about twenty medical personnel to volunteer.

The number of people killed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has

currently stands at 6,928. Countries hit hardest are Liberia, Guinea

and Sierra Leone, with the recorded cases exceeding 16,000.

Credit: Myjoyonline

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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