Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Amar Deep Singh Hari, who disclosed this to Luv News, says a unique telephone number has been allocated for the company to operationalize the service.
“We have trained call centre agents to be sitting on this helpline and anybody who has enquiries regarding what is Ebola, how Ebola gets spread, if they have any family member who gets sick, if they want Ambulance service and anything regarding Ebola, they can call this helpline and the agents at the call centre will be assisting,” he said.
IPMC on Friday embarked on a one-day nationwide Ebola awareness campaign under the title: “Get Smart to Prevent Ebola”.
Over 1,500 volunteers signed up to be engaged on twenty locations across the country to sensitize people in communities about Ebola.
“They are going from house-to-house, shop-to-shop, meeting individuals and families and by the end of the day, they should be able to talk to 200 thousand individuals about Ebola awareness,” noted Mr. Hari.
He says IPMC is supporting the awareness creation on Ebola prevention at the country level because “each one of us must behave and act responsibility” and also need to get smart so that “we keep ourselves ready internally”.
The latest Ebola patient is a two-year-old girl who recently arrived in Mali from Guinea, which along with Liberia and Sierra Leone has seen most of the 4,800 deaths.
Symptoms of the Ebola virus disease include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage. It is spread by body fluids, such as blood and saliva with fatality rate reaching 90% with no proven cure.
Ghana has been on high alert for any possible outbreak of Ebola in the country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses should be available in the first half of 2015.
Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh