W/R: 3 units at Effia-Nkwanta Hospital closed down after staff tests positive for COVID-19

W/R: 3 units at Effia-Nkwanta Hospital closed down after staff tests positive for COVID-19

- The Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi has closed down 3units after a staff member tested positive

- The Antenatal Care Unit and two other units are undergoing disinfection among other measures to contain the infection

- The infected staff has been isolated and all other contacts have been asked to self-quarantine as their samples have been taken for testing

Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi-Takoradi has closed down 3 units after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The Antenatal Care Unit and two other units in the hospital are undergoing disinfection among other measures to contain the infection.

The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Joseph Kojo Tambil, who confirmed the news said the infected staff has been isolated and all other contacts have been asked to self-quarantine as their samples are being tested.

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Dr. Tambil revealed that she spent some time at different units of the hospital and as such, staff members in that department have been asked to self-quarantine as well.

“One of our staff who had mild symptoms got tested and her results came out positive. So we quickly started taking samples of people that she works with and since she was working at the Antenatal Clinic, we had to take samples of all the staff. She also spent some time at the ENT Department so we also closed down that department and took samples of the staff.”

The Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in the Western Region is the main referral hospital in the Western Region of Ghana.

So far, the region has recorded a total of 61 positive cases of COVID-19 out of over a thousand suspected cases.

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Meanwhile, some 32 Ghanaian nurses and midwives are reported to be down with COVID-19 while hundreds of their colleagues have also been quarantined following exposure to the virus.

The President of Ghana Registered and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo made this known.

She made the revelation on the sidelines of the launch of the 60th-anniversary celebration of the association on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, which marks the international day for nurses.

Mrs. Ofori-Ampofo also stated that over 250 nurses and midwives are currently under quarantine and are being managed at different levels.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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