Head of Disease Surveillance at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Franklin Asiedu Bekoe, has described measures put in place to avert the spread of the coronavirus into Ghana by the Health Service as impermeable.
Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem show on Tuesday, Mr Bekoe, highlighting some of the measures adopted by the Health Service, expressed confidence in the ability of the adopted measures to keep Ghana safe from coronavirus.
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According to him, the Health Service has stationed health personnel trained to detect and quarantine infected persons across 14 entry points into the country, especially the Kotoka International Airport.
Devices such as the walk-in thermometer have also been stationed at all entry points to measure temperatures of entrants, individuals with temperatures 38 degree Celsius or beyond will immediately be isolated and further interrogated to ascertain the possibility of having contracted the disease.
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In addition, such persons will be required to provide information on their health by filling the health declaration form. This, he says, is to provide the Service with the health history of entrants and help determine the vulnerability of entrants to the virus.
Another measure adopted by the Service is the disinfection of containers shipped from other countries, particularly China at the country’s two main ports, Tema and Takoradi port harbours.
The virus, believed to have originated from a seafood market in Chinese Central City Wuhan, has killed at least 106 people and infected over 4,500 people in China.
The coronavirus, which attacks the respiratory system, has spread to China’s neighbours Thailand, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.