American companies operating in Ghana have offered their assistance to the government of Ghana to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola disease in the country.
This was disclosed by the American Chamber of Commerce Ghana at a briefing on Ghana’s preparation so far in the event of a possible outbreak.
Speaking at the briefing, Deputy Health Minister, Dr Victor Bampoe, assured the American business community of the country’s preparedness to curb the spread of a possible Ebola outbreak.
Speaking at the 2014 Odwira festival, President John Dramani Mahama told Ghanaians that the government was activating an insurance package to motivate frontline health workers in case of a possible outbreak of the disease.
Currently the Tema Ebola Isolation Centre is ready for a likely outbreak.
Speaking to Citi Business News President of the American Chamber of Commerce Ghana Philippe Ayivor said American companies are ready to support and collaborate with Ghana in the fight against Ebola.
“We are willing and we are able to support but as to whether we will be able to support the government in all the request they are making that the Chamber will discuss with its members to deal with that. I will want to just make it clear that American companies are ever ready to help the government of Ghana to fight the Ebola menace.”
Companies like Coca cola, Newmont and Price Water House Coppers gave presentations on what they are doing in their own small way to educate their staff and the communities they operate in which they say has gone well so far.
The US Ambassador to Ghan, Gene Cretz said the US government is committed to helping Ghana through advocacy, training and education in fighting the disease.
Mr Gene A. Cretz, said the US recognises Ghana’s leadership role in the ECOWAS region, both as a good neighbour in times of others’ needs and as a hub for humanitarian and UN operations on Ebola control.
“We have already committed 1.7million dollars in AID money; we’ve had the CDC here who has engaged in several days of training to help Ghana identify what its strengths and potential weaknesses are. we will continue to work with the UN here in Ghana to make sure the country is prepared to deal with Ebola should there be an outbreak.”
Source: Norvan Acquah-Hayford – citifmonline.com