Ghana issues Ebola travel advisory
from MASAHUDU KUNATEH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – GHANA has warned its nationals against travelling to countries affected by the deadly Ebola disease.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hannah Tetteh, told journalists in Accra on Thursday that Ghanaians should only travel to those countries when it is “absolutely necessary” to do so.
The Minister cited Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as countries they should consider not visiting.
“Now that we have given this travel advisory, in the event that you [citizens] do travel to those countries and you are caught up in some difficulty, please know that if the government of Ghana is not immediately in a position to respond we have given you fair warning that this is something that we believe you should desist from doing,” Tetteh added.
Ghana has set up an inter-ministerial committee comprising of the Health, Interior, Communication, Defence and Local Government ministries to devise strategies to fight the deadly disease.
At a recent meeting, the committee resolved to set up three isolation centres in the event that a case was confirmed in the country.
Tetteh also advised Ghanaians to pay attention to press notifications that would the committee would release regularly.
The disease has so far killed about 1 000 people with about 2 000 cases reported.
The prevalence of the disease in adjacent countries has increased fears of a possible outbreak in Ghana.
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