The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has batted down various media claims asserting that the nation has an Ebola case on record.
At a press conference on Wednesday, June 22, GHS Director-General Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye refuted this assertion.
He claimed that in order to gauge their readiness to handle disease outbreaks, the Service’s national officers and the numerous regional health directorates regularly perform simulation exercises.
“There is no Ebola in Ghana. Very often, officers from the Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service, carry out simulation exercises to see if our preparedness for tackling some outbreaks is okay. When we find that we are not well-prepared, we improve it.”
“What happened in Tamale was a simulation exercise. Someone didn’t understand it and misreported it as an Ebola case. It is just a simulation. We have simulations for various diseases in Ghana. Everyone should be rest assured that there is no Ebola in Ghana,” Dr. Kuma-Aboagye stated.
According to certain accounts, the Northern Region may have documented an alleged Ebola case.
As a result of the report, many people were worried and posted various remarks on social media.
The story has since been debunked by the nation’s health authorities, but Ebola quickly rose to the top of Twitter trends.
There’s no need to fear wai, there’s no case of Ebola in Ghana.— Dr. George 💊 (@GeorgeAnagli) June 22, 2022
It was just a simulation exercise on how to handle an Ebola outbreak.
FACT-CHECK: Has Ghana recorded a case of Ebola?— Rabiu Alhassan (@alrabiu) June 22, 2022
The Northern Regional Disease Control Officer, Fuseini Mahama has clarified that a simulation exercise on how to handle an Ebola outbreak is being misconstrued and reported as real. 1/ pic.twitter.com/0553Xu4NbW