Ebola hasn’t scared doctors away – Achimota Hospital

ebolaManagement of the Achimota Hospital has denied reports that health workers have abandoned their duties following reports of a suspected Ebola case.

The suspected Ebola patient, a Nigerian, sought medical attention at the Achimota Hospital after battling a severe fever for a while. The Doctors suspected him because he showed symptoms of the deadly Ebola Virus.

The hospital has currently isolated him pending further investigations. Some clients who brought patients to the hospital told Citi News they had been abandoned by the health workers on duty following reports of a suspected Ebola case.

Citi News checks at the hospital also revealed very little activity. But speaking to Citi News, the Administrator of the Achimota Hospital, Atindaana Nsobilla said, “that is not the case, there are nurses and doctors working around the clock, and there are patients too that are being attended to. So it is not the case that health workers have abandoned their post.”

Mr. Atindaane Nsobilla told Citi News blood samples of the victim have been taken for further investigations.

“We receive patients often and today’s case is not unusual. A patient came in with hemorrhagic fever and the best thing to do is to investigate. It’s part of our routine activities. So for now, we can’t conclude we’ve gotten a suspected case of Ebola. We are taking the sample then it will be taken to the appropriate unit for investigation. The patient is currently at the Achimota hospital and being attended to following the routine practices,” he added.

The Head of Disease Surveillance at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sakordie in an earlier interview with Citi News said they are closely monitoring the situation.

“We are just getting it like you are doing, so we are yet to follow up; so I don’t have too many details to come out. Let’s investigate,” he added.

Ghana has so far investigated 37 suspected Ebola cases which all came out negative. Government has subsequently disbursed Ghc100,000 to each regional hospital to refurbish Ebola isolation centres.

Meanwhile, the Oxford University in United Kingdom has predicted that Ghana and 14 other countries in Africa are at risk of recording Ebola due to their geographic location. Some 2,288 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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