Ghana has been listed among 12 other African countries by the World Health Organization(WHO) as countries with high risk of the deadly coroanvirus that has broke in China.
A press release by WHO indicated that these countries have direct contact with or have a high volume of travel to and from China.
The 12 countries named were Nigeria, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Angola, Algeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa.
Portions of the statement advised the countries to have an up to date laboratories and screening mechanisms at airports and major points of entry to rapidly detect the coronavirus.
WHO Africa Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said it is important for countries to have such mechanisms ready and active to avoid an outbreak.
“The quicker countries can detect cases, the faster they will be able to contain an outbreak and ensure the novel coronavirus does not overwhelm health systems” he said.