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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is asking the Ebola trained Doctors and other Health Professionals to be on alert to respond to any outbreak of the Coronavirus.

The GMA believes the personnel who were trained five years ago should immediately regroup and prepare to handle any possible case of Coronavirus, which has been declared a global health emergency.

According to the BBC, the virus has reached nearly 10,000 in China, and more than 100 cases have been reported in 22 other countries. A total of 213 have died from the disease in China so far.

Ghana has stepped up its surveillance at all entry points as passengers are screened for possible infection before being allowed entry.

The Government on Monday designated the Ridge Hospital and the Tema General Hospital as centers to manage possible cases of the Coronavirus in the country.

It also said the country has triggered its emergency preparedness and response plan amidst the rising number of infections from the virus which was first recorded in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The Ghana Medical Association in a statement on Friday January 31, 2020 said it is concerned about the disease and they are prepared should there be any detection.

“The human interactions between countries make the possibility of an outbreak of the Coronavirus in Ghana very real.” The statement read.

The situation, according to the Association, requires that Ghana prepares in terms of logistics, protocols and trained personnel to deal with any possible case.

Accordingly, it underscored the need for the reactivation of a well-coordinated rapid response team like the one set up during the Ebola pandemic in 2014/2015.

“We urge Doctors and other Healthcare workers who were trained as part of that response team to immediately regroup and get involved actively as we strengthen our preparedness towards any possible case of Coronavirus infection in Ghana”. The GMA assured.

Nana Yaw Citizain

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