- Government has set up a special ICU for the Coronavirus disease
- The 16-bed facility is to treat complicated cases of Coronavirus
- The facility is located at the University of Ghana Medical Centre
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Amid the Coronavirus scare government has set up a special Intensive Care Unit at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) to handle complicated (COVID-19) cases.
This was revealed by the Deputy Minister for Health Alexander Abban in an interview with Citi FM on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
With 16 beds available, the special ICU facility is expected to be used to treat patients who will develop serious respiratory problems because of COVID-19.
“This facility has been prepared and we are ready in the event that somebody requires to be brought to the ICU. These things are in place. Usually, those who require ICU care are those who are not able to breathe on their own and so you require ICU care and ventilators to help in the breathing of the person because at that time the virus may have taken the respiratory system and that is where you will require an ICU,” Abban stated.
The announcement from the deputy minister comes at a time Ghana is preparing for a possible escalation of the number of COVID-19 cases.
Three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Ghana on Saturday, March 21, 2020, sending the total number of confirmed cases to 19 so far.
All the three cases have been imported into Ghana with two recorded in Accra and one in the Ashanti region.
The three cases include a Chineses and two Ghanaians who returned from the UK.
Already, there have been calls by a section of Ghanaians for government to lock down the country to avert an escalation.
Meanwhile, the National Identification Authority (NIA) has suspended its mass registration exercise in the Eastern region.
The suspension comes after an interlocutory injunction was placed on the exercise by a High Court.
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