Suspected case of coronavirus hits Pwalugu Barrier in Upper East Region

Suspected case of coronavirus hits Pwalugu Barrier in Upper East Region

- Health workers have spotted one suspected case of coronavirus at the Pwalugu Police Barrier in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region

- The suspected sufferer was identified from one of the VIP buses travelling to the region

- The suspect is a native of the region

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Health workers have spotted one suspected case of coronavirus at the Pwalugu Police Barrier in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.

Nurses charged to screen travellers at the barrier identified the suspected person with COVID-19 symptoms.

The suspect is a native of the region.

As at the time the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the barrier to observe activities, long queues of vehicles moving into the region were parked by the barrier for temperatures of passengers to be checked before continuing their journey.

There were only three nurses at the barrier with three non-contact thermometers attending to all passengers.

Elizabeth Issahaka Abotibala, a Public Health Nurse in the Bolgatanga Municipal said they have identified only one case at hand from one of the VIP buses.

She noted that they have taken records of all the occupants of the bus so that if the test turns out positive, they can do the contact tracing.

However, she indicated that the thermometers were failing them because of the impact the scorching sun has on thermometers.

''Right now they are failing us, but one is working, we have called for more thermometers," Elizabeth Issahaka Abotibala indicated.

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On how they are screening people, Madam Abotibala said they ensured that on arrival, all passengers aboard the vehicles disembarked for their temperatures to be checked; those with temperatures of 38 degrees Celsius, and above were separated from the rest for immediate attention.

Madam Abotibala, who is also a Deputy Director of Nursing Services (DDNS), said in spite of the inadequate staff at the post and the many numbers they dealt with, they still educated the passengers on the preventive measures of the disease.

Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that the Ministry of Health has confirmed that the total number of recorded cases for COVID-19 is now 195 as of April 1, 2020.

Also, the Ghana Health Service confirmed that another COVID-19 patient had recovered from the disease.

In other news, a video has surfaced of some nurses reported to be workers at a New York health facility praying.

The footage shows the nurses on their knees while praying to seek God's intervention against the dreaded coronavirus.

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