General News of 2014-07-08

Nyaho Clinic suspected Ebola virus patient dies

The American who was suspected to be carrying the Ebola virus at the Nyaho Clinic in Accra is reported dead after blood testing on him revealed signs of the disease were glaring.

The said American, name withheld, died yesterday afternoon while under surveillance at the infirmary.

He arrived from Guinea on Sunday and reported at the clinic for medical attention.

As a result, Ghana’s Health Ministry is currently having a crunch meeting with stakeholders on the matter.

The said meeting is supposed to strategize on how to contain the deadly Ebola virus, should it break out in the country.

There have been some 467 deaths of 759 cases reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia by the close of June 30, this year.

The initial tests run on the American, now deceased, according to the source, was inconclusive because the officials used the wrong reagent.

The sources, who are medical practitioners, told Joy News “the test should have taken Noguchi not more than five hours.”

But Myjoyonline.com learnt from the Public Relations Officer of the Health Ministry, Tony Goodman that his outfit had requested for some reagents from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to further help with the investigations.

Signals are that the blood samples could also be flown to Atlanta in the United States for further testing.

Early on, Head of Disease Surveillance at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie told Joy News more work would be done later today on the sample before a substantive conclusion could be determined.

Source: myjoyonline.com
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