GHS to embark on nationwide profiling on Marburg virus -Kumah-Aboagye


The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is to embark on nationwide profiling to establish the extent of spread of the Marburg virus in the country.

The Service says this is the only way it can identify the extent of spread and manage the spread.

The GHS has discharged 39 out of the 98 people who had been in isolation after coming into contact with one of the two people who recently died after contracting the Marburg virus.

At the end of last month, two men reported to the Adansi North District hospital in the Ashanti region, exhibiting symptoms of acute haemorrhagic fever. They died shortly after being admitted.

Those discharged had completed the 21-day isolation period and did not show any symptoms.

Ghana would have to wait for 42 days without a new case before declaring that the outbreak is over.

Reacting to the development on 3FM’s Sunrise hosted by Alfred Ocansey on Wednesday, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye explained that “the nationwide profiling of Marburg virus will take place to know the extent of spread”.

“For now, this is being treated as a localized outbreak”.

He said “the service will provide more PPE’s to health workers to be able to fight these diseases but health workers to be more conscious”.

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye explained that “as frontline workers, that is our job. We just have to be more cautious and believe that it is the type of work we do”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo||Ghana


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