The government of Ghana has installed two computers with thermal imaging at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) as part of measures to beef up surveillance to prevent any possible outbreak of the Ebola viral disease in the country.
The computers, acquired at a cost of $200,000 and installed at the Arrival Section of the KIA, will be able to check the temperature of travellers.
Any passenger with a temperature reading more than 38 degrees Celsius will be isolated for further screening.
The latest Ebola epidemic has killed at least 4,033 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria since it was identified in March.
Health workers are among those most at risk of catching the disease. Ninety-five have so far died from the virus in Liberia.
Ghana’s Health Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah said the installation of the temperature scan formed part of the government’s commitment to ensure that the Ebola virus did not enter the country.
Meanwhile, a report by the Northeastern University, USA, has put Ghana at the top of 30 countries that are likely to report a case of Ebola by the end of October this year.
According to the report, Ghana stood a 49 per cent chance of importing the virus into the country through air travels.