The Threat of Ebola Virus Disease: a Call to Integrate all Sectors in Surveillance Activities in Ghana

Dennis O. Laryea, Yaw Amoako, Dan V. Armooh, Emmanuel P. Abbeyquaye, Bernice N. Amartey


Surveillance for communicable diseases of public health importance is critical in preventing and controlling outbreaks. In Ghana, this responsibility lies with the Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service (GHS). However, the structure of Ghana's health system means surveillance activities by the department are concentrated in GHS facilities. Active surveillance in non-GHS facilities usually occur during outbreaks. In light of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there is the need to integrate the surveillance activities to include all health facilities to ensure the prompt identification of cases.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *