Ghana has recorded another case of a health worker; a nurse, testing positive of the deadly COVID-19.
The nurse who works at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Dr Daniel Asare, disclosed on Accra-based Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen current affairs shows, yesterday.
The Herald’s independent finding is that the lady nurse works in the Medical Ward of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where doctors three days ago, threatened to abandon their patients, lay down their tools and leave the state-owned facility because the required COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and proper isolation centers were not being provided by management.
Her case comes after the cases of the two medical doctors at the Ledzokuku Municipal Hospital (LEKMA Hospital) at Teshie in Accra and the specialist Anesthetist at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, respectively.
Interestingly, all three health workers are not being treated in a hospital but in their private homes leaving many in state of shock especially so when the Health Minister Kweku Agyeman Manu, had mentioned about a VIP facility established by the government in The Bank Hospital owned by the Bank of Ghana to management the condition.
“Our Staff who tested positive for COVID-19 is in home management and everything being catered for. We’re rigorously working on the recovery,” Dr Asare said.
Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital boss told Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen that the unnamed nurse, tested positive for the disease some few days ago.
“It’s true a Nurse here has tested positive for COVID-19 and we’re tracing the primary source. The infected Staff has our full support….” Dr Daniel Asare, said and sought to allay fears of other health workers insisting that ‘there’s insurance available too for all the Staff so no fears.’
Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital also known as Ridge Hospital, has confirmed The Herald’s report that a specialist doctor is under self-quarantined after he was confirmed positive for coronavirus.
The hospital in a statement released after The Herald publication said the Specialist’s case is an imported one as he has a travel history and also confirmed that the Specialist anaesthetist is being treated from home.
“A Specialist doctor with the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge is under self-quarantine after returning into the country from South Africa prior to the partial lockdown. The doctor who left Ghana to attend a medical conference has tested positive for COVID19. This came to the fore after he had undergone the two weeks of mandatory self-quarantine. The COVID-19 team has since been taking care of him at the self-quarantine centre and he is currently doing well,” hospital authorities said.
“We have also put in place all other measures to ensure that all the necessary care he needs is provided,” it assured.
The Hospital management stressed that none of its staff has contracted the virus as safety measures have been put in place to ensure they record none in that regard.
“Management want to state categorically that the case was not locally transmitted but rather imported from South Africa. Currently, no frontline staff has tested positive as safety measures have been put in place to ensure that no staff get affected,” the statement added.
The hospital management, therefore, urged colleague staff and family of the doctor to stay calm and support him.
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Ghanaian health workers through their professional associations have complained about lack of PPEs and adequately arrangements in the handling and the treatment of COVID-19 cases in country but the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) have not shown anything significant in addressing these concerns.
Sixty-one doctors and other healthcare professionals died of COVID-19 in Italy, one of the countries worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic so far, with 11,591 deaths as of March 30, according to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus resource center.
A list of clinicians who have died during the COVID-19 epidemic has been compiled by the country’s National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists (FNOMCeO) and is being updated daily.