The Ghanaian Government is taking strong precautions to prevent an outbreak of cholera and is prepared to meet an emergency, should one arise.
GV EXTERIOR..Ada Braka Polyclinic, Accra
CU Sign "Vaccination and Immunisation Centre"
SV People queue (2 shots)
SV Sign "Doctor"
SV & CU Patients enter and are inoculated (5 shots)
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GV EXT..Port Health building
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SV & CU More people inoculated (8 shots)
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Background: The Ghanaian Government is taking strong precautions to prevent an outbreak of cholera and is prepared to meet an emergency, should one arise.
Recently Dr. F.T. Sai, Director of Medical Services, said that Ghana did not expect an outbreak of the disease, but was taking measures to ensure that the disease which "has never been known in West Africa" did not get introduced there.
The measures being taken include the immunisation of all air travellers leaving or entering Ghana, the immunisation of airport reception staff, and others normally in contact with the travelling public.
Similar stringent precautions have been applied to all crews of fishing trawlers that ply the coast of West Africa.
According to Dr. Sai, the Ministry of Health has asked the World Health Organisation to have ready, on a stand-by basis, enough quantities of cholera vaccine to meet an emergency, should one arise.
The Ministry has informed all its medical administrators of the signs and symptoms of cholera and told them to keep special watch on instances of severe diarrhoea.
The preventive measures are in full force in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, where clinics and hospitals are inoculating a large number of people daily. They include travellers to others parts of Africa, as well as those en route to other world destinations.