GHANA: Ebola tests on 24 Liberian fishermen proved negative

Ebola tests conducted on some twenty-four fishermen at the Bosomtwe Sam Fishing Harbour in Sekondi in the Western region have proven negative.

Citi News reported last Tuesday that some fishermen who arrived from Liberia were quarantined for screening and observation at the Harbour.

The Ghanaian fishermen had stayed in Liberia over the past three years and were on a routine visit to Ghana when security personnel detained and quarantined them.

Citi News’ Western Regional correspondent, Obrempong Yaw Ampofo reported that the security personnel comprised officials from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Marine Police, the Ghana Immigration Service, Port Health, Regional Security, Port Security, Regional Disease Control and NADMO.

The chief fisherman of the area, Nana Kofi Eshun told Citi News, the security officials have over the weeks been educating them on the dangers of the Ebola disease.

Speaking to Citi news, the Western Regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) Japhet Baidoo explained that despite the negative results, they will keep monitoring the fishermen.

“They are Ghanaians, all of them are from new Ningo. After the screening, their details were picked. Takoradi will pick those details and there will be a way of monitoring those people in Accra for a period of time,” he explained.

He said the 24 who were made to undergo the screening were Ghanaians arriving from Guinea.

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