Ghana has been warned by Rwanda to ban the importation of some food products from South Africa to avert an outbreak of the Listeriosis disease.
According to Accra based Citi Fm, the station has sighted a document which says that, the disease can be transmitted through the consumption of plant and animal products such as meat, dairy products, as well as fruits and vegetables.
The document according to citifmonline.com, warned the Ministry of Agriculture to take the relevant steps to ban the importation of such food products from South Africa, to prevent a possible spread of the disease to other countries as South Africa struggles to bring the outbreak under control.
The Republic of Rwanda is insisting that the ban remains indefinite until South Africa brings it under control—as it urges other countries to do same until the disease is completely eliminated from the continent, the document added.
“In view of recent measures being taken by some African countries to mitigate the spread of Listeriosis, your ministries may be alerted to these actions to inform the formulation of appropriate preventive measures,” the document warned.
In addition, it cautioned that it will be in the interest of countries to formulate policies on how the disease will be brought under control since other countries such as Botswana have also issued health alert on the disease.
Listeriosis is a food poisoning infection that can be contracted by eating contaminated foods.
The infection, can result in miscarriage among pregnant women, cause premature delivery, cause serious infection to newborns, and even lead to stillbirth.