Residents of Ashanti encouraged to report ebola-like symptoms early for help

haemorrhagic-feverHead of Public Health at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital says cost considerations should not deter people from visiting the hospital if symptoms of Ebola are experienced.

Dr. Dennis Odoi Laryea, who was speaking on ebola and other haemorrhagic fevers  stated that the cost of containing Ebola is high considering the logistics and human resource required.

He however says the costs of containing outbreaks with national security implications like Ebola are borne by the state and hence encouraged people experiencing signs or symptoms of the disease to report early at health facilities.

Ebola goes beyond NHIS. Ebola has implications for National Security, our economy among others. I don’t think this is one disease we should worry our heads over how to fund it. There must be resources for it. It should not be the patient’s issue”, he said.

Dr. Laryea also cautioned residents against contact with bleeding dead animals as well as body fluids of sick people, especially those exhibiting symptoms of Ebola.

Currently, the Ebola outbreak in coastal West Africa is still contained to Guinea and Liberia whiles reported cases in Sierra Leone and Mali remain unconfirmed.



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