The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has appealed to President John Mahama not to allow the country to host the African Cup of Nations tournament from January to February 2015 due to the outbreak of the Ebola disease.
The Society stressed that hosting the competition in the country would open the floodgates for Ebola virus carriers to come in their numbers and later infect Ghanaians with the virus.
This was contained in a statement signed by Mr James Ohemeng Kyei, President of PSGH and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.
The society opined that Morocco’s request for postponement was timely, appropriate and in the best interest of CAF member countries in view of the gloomy prediction on Ebola by the US Centre for Disease Control.
The Centre reports that more than 8,000 people have contracted the disease worldwide resulting in nearly 4000 deaths and it has predicted as many as 550,000 to 1.4 million Ebola infections by January 2015.
The Society is reminding government to note that the treatment of Ebola patients in the advanced health systems poses a big challenge in that some of the Ebola patients who were admitted in USA, Germany and Spain died despite access to quality care.
It said Dr Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said the outbreak has killed more than 200 health workers and that the society is worried about the infections and deaths of health providers.
“ We wish to state that for the country to host the impending tournament will be a very big mistake for which posterity will never forgive the country since the Ebola warning signs are clear on the wall” it added.