The Ghana Health Service(GHS) says it has initiated measures in the country to protect the general public from a possible outbreak of a novel Coronavirus Infection, rapidly spreading in China.
This comes after a notification of the member states of the World Health Organization(WHO) on the outbreak.
Following this, Ghana health authorities say they’ve dispatched alert message to all regions in Ghana on the outbreak in addition to guidance information on the disease.
In a statement issued by the GHS said there has been enhanced surveillance at points of entry especially the Kotoka International Airport.
“As part of measures to prevent an outbreak in Ghana, passengers from China will undergo enhanced screening procedures including the administration of health questionnaire. Health facilities have also been alerted to prepare and manage cases in case of an outbreak.
In addition, GHS indicated that there is in-country capacity to diagnose 2019-nCoV through laboratory testing of the appropriate samples by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
China coronavirus: What we know so far
The number of people in China infected with a new virus, the coronavirus, is increasing.
Reports say this infection has spread from Wuhan to other major cities and abroad. Three other countries (Thailand, South Korea and Japan and United Arab Emirates) have also reported cases.
There is an urgent call for a co-ordinated international response as the World Health Organization(WHO) effective January, 22, 2020 declared an international public health emergency over the coronavirus – as it did with swine flu and Ebola.