Regional News of 2014-08-14

Tests on Kasoa suspected Ebola case negative

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Kasoa, Adam Nuhu has told Citi News, tests conducted on blood samples of two persons suspected to have Ebola have proved negative.

There were reports that the Kasoa Polyclinic had recorded two suspected Ebola cases on Tuesday, but Adam Nuhu says the two were suffering from cholera. Kasoa has recorded about 70 cholera cases so far; a situation Mr Nuhu says is being misconstrued to be Ebola.

In an interview with Citi News, Adam Nuhu stated that due to the proximity of the Liberian Refugee Camp to Kasoa, residents presumed that the patients were infected with the Ebola virus.

According to him, the residents were alarmed after news broke that blood samples have been taken to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research for testing.

He clarified that the Municipality is experiencing a cholera outbreak, “which is very serious. We have recorded 70 cases and one is even dead.”

Mr. Nuhu added that some cholera patients whose conditions worsened, sometimes exhibit Ebola-like symptoms, hence, the assertion that they may have contracted the Ebola virus.

“But with such patients, additional checks are carried on them and that is why it came out like that.”

There have been a series of reported suspected cases of the Ebola disease, but tests from the Noguchi Memorial Institute have all proven to be negative.

Nonetheless, Ghanaians are still apprehensive about a likely outbreak of the disease in the country.

The President has directed an amount of Ghc6 million to support the fight against Ebola.

The Health Ministry, the Ghana Health Service, the Ghana Immigration Service and other stakeholders have all pitched in to keep citizens safe by instituting measures across the country.

About 1,000 people have died from the disease following the outbreak in four West African Countries, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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