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Ebola: Ghana Bans Flights From Nigeria, 3 Other Countries

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Ghana has banned flights from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea over the Ebola virus epidemic.

According to Ghanaian authorities the move was made to curb the pandemic which has a mortality rate of 90%.

While making the announcement  managing director of Ghana Airport Company, Charles Asare, the measure was part of the governments response to containing the deadly virus.

Premium Times reports:

While hundreds have died from Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, the only confirmed case of the virus in Nigeria involved a Liberian man who died in Lagos on arrival from Monrovia last week.

The Nigerian government said those who were in contact with the man were being quarantined.

No additional case has been established in the country, the government insists.

Despite the lone case, Nigeria has maintained routine flights to top destinations in Europe and the United States- although a few countries have issued travel advice to Nigeria.

Ghana is the first country to slam a travel ban on Nigeria over Ebola scare.

Ghana’s Health Ministry said efforts are underway to create Ebola treatment centres across the country.

The centres will be located in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale, reports say.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, was quoted as admonishing Ghanaians to be patient because the government is doing its possible best to protect Ghanaians.

“It is worth bearing in mind that preparedness is not an event but a process,” he was quoted by CAJ news agency as saying.

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