BUSH MEAT THRIVES IN GHANA AS LIBERIA RECORDS NEW EBOLA CASE

Kofi Damoah pose with a roasted grass cutter for  sale

Kofi Damoah poses with a roasted grass cutter for sale

Despite the massive campaign against the consumption of bush meat due to the outbreak of Ebola in Ghana two years ago, bats and grass cutter meat still remain the number one delicacy of residents of Gomoa in the Central Region of Ghana. Most of the villagers who are aware of the potential risk associated with bat and grass cutter meat claim they cook and roast the meat very well thus are not at risk of contracting the deadly viral disease.

Most of the residents who spoke to Newstime Africa confirmed that, they earn a livelihood from the sale of bush meat to travellers who plight the road. “Apart from subsistence farming, we hunt bush meat to acquire some money to take care of our families”, Kofi Damoah a 46 year-old hunter told Newstime Africa. According to him, he has been in the business of hunting and selling bush meat for over 20 years, whiles his family depends on bush meat as their main source of food without any Ebola. “We have been eating bush meat all our lives so I don’t believe that Ebola is acquired through bush meat”, he refuted

Kofi disclosed that he had ones killed bush pig, rhinoceros whiles antelopes, grass cutters and bats are his daily victims. Meanwhile, Laboratory results confirm a new case of Ebola virus disease in Liberia as a 30-year-old woman died from the virus in April this year when she was being transferred to a hospital in the capital Monrovia.
Liberia’s Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and other partner agencies immediately sent a team to the community outside Monrovia where the woman lived and the clinic where she was being treated to begin case investigation and identification of individuals who may have been in contact with her.

This latest case marks Liberia’s third flare-up of Ebola virus disease since its original outbreak was declared over on 9 May 2015. The last flare-up in the country began in November 2015 and ended on 14 January 2016. It is alleged that Neighbouring Guinea is also responding to a new cluster of Ebola cases in its southern prefecture of Nzérékoré.

Earlier this week, at the recommendation of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, WHO declared that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa no longer represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. But WHO reiterated that additional flare-ups of the disease are expected in the months to come, largely due to virus persistence in some survivors, and that the three countries must remain on high alert and ready to respond.

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