42 health workers receive national honors for fighting Ebola

Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama, has awarded forty-two health workers for risking their lives to assist in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

The ceremony which took place at the Flagstaff House Wednesday July 1,  decorated also saw 41 Ghanaians and one Cuban.
For leaving Ghana for the three hardest-hit Ebola countries to help fight the disease in Africa, the volunteers received the state award , Grand Order (Ordinary Division).

The health workers who had since returned to Ghana were declared Ebola free after a period of quarantine.

Vice President, Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Ammisah Arthur, the Chairperson of the Council of State, Mrs Cecilia Johnson, the Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah and the secretary to the President, Ambassador Kwesi Quartey decorated the health workers.

It was not an event for speeches but in agreement, the nation showed how grateful it was for the dedicated services rendered by the awardees.

The health workers were honoured alongside Ghana’s immediate past Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan.

President Mahama had hinted of the award when the volunteers returned from the risky humanitarian assignment. 

“They have been highly praised in all the areas they worked. We are happy we didn’t lose any of them. These are heroes” the President said prior to the award.

More than 10,000 people died from the disease in six countries; Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the US and Mali. The dead included a number of health workers.


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