The Chairman of the Health Committee of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) was speaking in an on interview with Nana Afia Yeboah on “Wo Ho Te Sen?” a health talk show on Space Fm in Sunyani.
Speaking on the emergence of new EVD cases, Dr. Gyasi described it as dangerous. He explained that, following the detection of the new cases in three persons in Guinea in October 2015, health workers has done contact tracing of about 246 persons but have still not been able to get to 42 persons who might be carriers of the deadly virus and hence stressed on the need for Africa as a whole and Ghana in particular not to let our guards down in watching out for the EVD.
He said that the importance of proper hand washing under running water and taking baths at least twice a day cannot be over emphasized and ask Ghanaians to adopt this practice as it goes a long way to not only prevent Ebola but also other infectious disease including bird flu.
For the noble hunters Dr. Gyasi urged them to be cautious in their handling of wild animals especially carcasses found in the bush. He added that, one way in which hunters can help prevent EVD is by burning animals found dead in the bush.
Touching on the Christmas festivities, he advised travelers to be cautious especially of countries with EVD history and also to avoid crossing regions with birds to help contain bird flu in the country.
Ebola virus disease was first discovered in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The recent outbreak that spread lie wild fire began in Guinea in December 2013 and then spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
A small outbreak of twenty cases occurred in Nigeria and one case occurred in Senegal. Several cases were reported in Mali, and an isolated case occurred in the United Kingdom and another in Sardinia.
Also there were imported cases in the United States and Spain led to secondary infections of medical workers but did not spread further. However, there have been reports of sporadic new cases hence frustrating hopes that the epidemic can be declared over.
Source: Alan T. Boakye-Yeboah