The Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Kaoru Yashimura has assured Ghanaians that the Japan government is working hand-in-hand with the international community to fight the deadly Ebola virus and ensure that Ghana remain free of the virus.
He gave this assurance when addressing some border officials at a training workshop on Ebola virus detection, management and prevention at Koforidua in the Eastern region.
African countries are living in fear following the outbreak in some countries which has impacted negatively on human and economic development.
Even though Ghana has not recorded any cases of Ebola virus, the government and its partners are working hard to ensure that the nation remain free of the deadly virus.
National training workshop for points of entry, is one of the interventions that serve as a training of trainers programme to equip frontline immigration workers with enhanced skills and knowledge to prevent, control and contain the Ebola virus disease should any case be recorded in Ghana.
The two-day training workshop brought together, officials from the immigration service, CEPS and the Ghana health services.
Addressing the participants, the Japan Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Kaoru Yoshimura stated that, the government of Japan considers the outbreak as a threat to human and economic development hence will support Ghana to prevent the virus from crossing the borders.
He expressed worry over the fresh cases found in Liberia two weeks ago after being declared free of Ebola on 9th May, adding that, the outbreak still persists in Guinea and Sierra Leone, creating a high possibility of infected people crossing into neighbouring countries through the region’s borders.
Speaking to UTV in an interview, Ambassador Kaoru Yoshimura noted that, the outbreak has a severe impact of economic growth especially, agriculture.
As part of the training workshop, the Japan government and other International community donated various hygienic equipment to be used for Ebola control and security.
The equipment are to be used at the Tema and Kotoka entry points.