Ghana's frontline border training facilitates Ebola preparedness

Ghana's frontline border training facilitates Ebola preparedness.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced on Tuesday that its project to enhance preparedness against the Ebola virus has established training workshops to build preparedness capacity among frontline officers at key entry points in West Africa.

According to the announcement, between July 28 and Oct. 2 approximately 740 officers, representing the Port Health Unit of the Ghana Health Service, the Customs Division of Ghana’s Revenue Authority and Ghana’s Immigration Service, participated. The training focused on methods of surveillance in relation to the Ebola virus and other diseases. Included in training was how to protect oneself from infections of this kind while on duty.

The IOM reports that many healthcare workers, doctors and nurses have been infected and succumbed to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. One reason is that there has been a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and a lack of understanding about its usage.

The IOM project has also donated PPE and other hygiene-related equipment and devices. The IOM states that another component of this project is focused on mobilization of social and community leaders and to increase their knowledge of the causes, symptoms and preventative actions related to the virus. This portion is set to include awareness campaigns through various materials.

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