World Vision Ghana Launches Ebola Project at Paga

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As part of measures to help prevent any outbreak of the Ebola disease

in Ghana, World Vision Ghana, a Non-governmental organization has

launched an Ebola-preparedness project at the border town of Paga in

the Kasena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region.

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever,

is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in

the human population through human-to-human transmission.

The average Ebola Virus Disease case fatality rate according the World

Health Organization is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied

from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

In Ghana, more than a hundred suspected Ebola cases have all tested

negative but the high possibility that the disease could enter the

country at any time cannot be overruled.

To help the country in its preparedness to be able to contain any

Ebola outbreak, World Vision Ghana, an NGO working to defeat poverty

through education, health and nutrition, water, food security and

micro-enterprise development, has launched a project at the

Kasena-Nanka West district, aimed at improving the awareness of

community members about the Ebola Virus Disease.

The project is supported by the Canada fund for local initiative.

Delivering a speech on behalf of the National Director of World Vision

Ghana, Benedicta Pealore, a World Vision worker said Paga which is the

capital of the Kasena-Nankana West District was chosen for the Ebola

intervention, mainly because it is the major entry point for Ghana's

northern neighbors.

World Vision also presented 44 bicycles, safety boats and torchlights,

10 pieces of non-contact thermometers and 100 pieces each of hand

gloves, nose masks and hand sanitizers worth 38, 000 Ghana Cedis to

facilitate the work of community volunteers in the implementation of

the Ebola preparedness project in 20 high-risk communities in the

Kasena-Nankana West district.

The occasion of the project launch was also used to demonstrate to

community members, how effective hand-washing which has been

identified as a way of preventing one from contacting or spreading

Ebola, is done.

Presiding Member for the Kasena-Nakana West District Assembly on

behalf of the District Chief Executive, thanked World Vision Ghana for

bringing such a project to the district.

Credit: Myjoyonline.com

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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