In the wake of Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, health workers at Kunlungungu port health post in the Pusiga District of Upper East Region are expressing fears of possible outbreak of the disease in the country due to inadequate human health staff and logistics.
Officials at the port screen travellers moving to and from countries such as Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger and Mali to avert possible outbreak of diseases. But due to inadequate staff and logistics, port officials only work during the day thereby rendering free passage to travellers at night.
According to health staff in-charge at the Kunlungungu health port, Sulemana Imoro, these are serious challenges that can lead to an outbreak of diseases such as Ebola in Ghana. Mr. Imoro added that the port has no place to quarantine suspected cases of Ebola virus.
Speaking to journalists during a working tour of the area by the regional minister, Rockson Ayine Bukari, the in-charge lamented the lack of office accommodation and said they are being accommodated in a metal structure which produces unbearable heat.
Further pouring out their ordeal, Mr. Imoro said: “This is the office where we receive all travellers, both in and out. You can see how it is; it is a metal structure. During afternoon, we find it difficult to screen passengers who are coming in from the various neighbouring countries into the country.”
Telling journalists how their complaints have always to been sent to appropriate authorities to address but without result, the in-charge said they work both day and night because travelers do not have specific time of travelling.
The World Health Organisation has confirmed two cases of Ebola in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo.