The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) has said it is coordinating with Member States on their surveillance capacity concerning the deadly coronavirus.

In a statement, the organisation said has also implemented a regional laboratory network for access to rapid biological diagnostic facilities by Member States, and has a standby Regional Rapid Response Team to support countries if required.

The measures follow the outbreak of the virus in China; which has now spread to the Asian country’s neighbouring countries and other countries like the US.

150 people have died after acquire the virus which affects the respiratory system, causing, among others, fever and breathing problems.

Advising citizens of member states, WAHO said “When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with tissue or hand, and throw away the tissue immediately and wash your hands thoroughly.”

“If you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care immediately and inform your health care provider of all your recent travel history.”

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry insists adequate measures has been taken by the government to deal with the virus in event of an outbreak.

Adequate measures have also been taken to screen arrivals at the Kotoka International Airport, government says.

Read WAHO’s statement below