By Cecil Mensah
In preparedness for any outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus (EV), the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, has formed a National Rapid Response Team to combat any outbreak of the virus if it rears its ugly head in the country.
The team is made up of the forty –one volunteers that, were sent to Liberia, and Sierra Leone to study the situation and replicate the measures that were rolled out by the two countries to combat the outbreak would be zoned into three; namely middle belt, southern belt and upper belt .
The formation of the National Response team into the zones drew sixteen volunteers from the Central region, three from the Ashanti region, one from the Eastern region, four from the Western region, four from the Upper East region, one from the Upper West region, twelve from the Greater Accra region and three from the Volta Region.
Speaking at the formation of the zonal Ebola Rapid Response Case Management and Surveillance teams in Accra, Dr Victor Bampoe, Deputy Minister for Health, congratulated the volunteers for blazing the trail during the time of the outbreak in neighbouring countries.
He urged the participants to be prepared for the tasked ahead by conducting periodic simulation exercises across the country.
He appealed to the participants to be ready for the tasks in the unlikely event of an outbreak and give their best to the nation.
He called on them to continue to give their best and justify the honour they received from the President, John Dramani Mahama during the National
He reminded them that there is no greater sacrifice than what they did for the nation during the crisis period in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
He took the opportunity to commend Dr Samuel Kaba, the Head of the Institutional Care Division at the Ghana Health Service for the various
initiatives; he had taken in the management of the service.
Dr Samuel Kaba, in welcoming the volunteers, commended the forty-one volunteers for blazing the trail when the world was w,orried about travelling to the Ebola- prone countries.
He said they should be prepared for the tasked ahead because the service would be conducting two simulations exercises to keep Ghana prepared for any outbreak of the disease.
On his part, Mr De-Graft Kwame Agyarko, the Coordinator of the Ebola Virus Centre in the country called on the volunteers to avoid duplications of efforts and contribute their expertise to the Ebola preparedness.
He urged them to approach the task as they did in Liberia and Sierra Leone because the country is doing this to strengthen its preparedness for Ebola.