- The Ministry of Health has selected the Ridge Hospital and the Tema General Hospital as centres to manage possible cases of coronavirus in the country
- The ministry said it is part of Ghana’s plans to prevent and control any case that may be detected in the country
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The Ministry of Health has selected the Ridge Hospital and the Tema General Hospital as centres to manage possible cases of coronavirus in the country.
According to a report by Citi News, the ministry said it is part of Ghana’s plans to prevent and control any case that may be detected in the country and ultimately protect the Ghanaian population.
In a statement dated Monday, January 27, 2020, the Ministry said it has triggered the country’s emergency preparedness and response plan amidst the rising number of infections from the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in other countries of the world.
The Ministry however added that Regional Directors must make it a point designate treatment centres in their respective regions to deal with cases if they arise.
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“Ridge Hospital and Tema General Hospitals 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 Ministry said.
Meanwhile, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIR) has indicated that it has the capacity to diagnose coronavirus infection and has since been designated as the laboratory for investigating the virus.
The Ministry said it is closely collaborating with the World Health Organization, Veterinary Services Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention among others to execute the country’s emergency response plan.
It said healthcare workers at the points of entry are being trained while training for other healthcare workers will be scheduled subsequently.
In other news, Ghanaian students in Wuhan in China, are calling on government to evacuate them from the country since there is an outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
According to a JoyNews report, the Wuhan Chapter President of Ghanaian students, Samson Opoku, the city has been completely locked down for eight days and as a result, people have run out of food supplies.
“We are 151 students in the city now, and for us, we want evacuation back home to Ghana. When the outbreak subsides or ends then we return and continue our academic work.
“We don’t know how long this [coronavirus] is going to take. The number of cases and mortality rates increases each day so members are scared. We want to be evacuated back home,” he stressed.
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