Ghana Ready For Coronavirus


The Ridge and Tema General Hospitals have been designated as case management centres by the ministry of health following the outbreak of coronavirus


A statement issued by the Ministry of Health to the media said,  “Ridge Hospital and Tema General Hospital have been designated as initial case management centres. Regional Directors have been instructed to designate holding/treatment centres in their respective regions. We are preparing to designate more centres in the highly populated areas of Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale”.


The statement added: “Case Management Teams Activated- teams to manage cases at the designated national centres are receiving orientation on the management of cases. Screening for fever using the walk-through thermometers and non-contact thermometers are ongoing at KIA and other points of entry. Efforts are underway to ensure that all points of entry have non-contact thermometers”.


Meanwhile, the director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dr Badu Sarkodie says Ghanaian students locked up in virus-hit Wuhan in China should not be allowed in the country for now.


It comes as Ghanaians students on scholarship in the Wuhan area are calling on government to bring them back home as other nations have started picking up their nationals.


“If they are in the area where the virus has been detected, I will suggest we don’t permit these students to move out because that area is on lockdown in China.


“But if they are not at those areas then let’s use the various means including Immigration procedures and the various Health processes to deal with it so that it does not affect anyone,” he said this on Starr FM yesterday which was monitored by Today .


Meanwhile, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has moved swiftly to deny reports that the school has created a vaccine for the coronavirus.


There was a report on social media that suggested that the Faculty of Pharmacy at KNUST had created a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus.


The story went on to say the vaccine was used to cure the Cote D’Ivoire student who showed symptoms of the disease after returning from China.


But KNUST in  a statement said, “however a quick check with the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Berko Panyin Anto on the above news reveals that no such discovery has been created. Management urges the public to disregard such publication”


Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have tested the first person on the African continent for the Wuhan coronavirus, Cote d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene said in a statement last Sunday.


The death toll from the new coronavirus now stands at 106, as cases of new infections have almost doubled in a day, Chinese authorities said.


The number of total confirmed cases in China rose to 4,515 as of 27 January, up from 2,835 a day earlier.



Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH


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