COVID-19 has increased mental health cases in Kumasi – KATH psychiatrist

COVID-19 has increased mental health cases in Kumasi – KATH psychiatrist

- The fear of catching the virus together with depression resulting from collapse of businesses, has led to an upsurge of mental illness in Kumasi

- The Psychiatry Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has over the past weeks recorded cases in the aftermath of the lifting of the partial lockdown

- Dr Owusu-Antwi revealed that the daily reported cases has significantly shot up from between 12 and 15 to 20 and 25

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The head of the Psychiatry Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Dr. Ruth Owusu-Antwi has revealed that the fear of catching the COVID-19 disease has brought a surge in mental health cases at her unit.

The country's second-largest facility has over the past weeks recorded cases in the aftermath of the lifting of the partial lockdown, which was imposed to curtail the spread.

She made this known while speaking to journalists on the surge of cases reported to the facility.

COVID-19 has increased mental health cases in Kumasi – KATH psychiatrist

Coronavirus disease Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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Dr Owusu-Antwi revealed that the daily reported cases has significantly shot up from between 12 and 15 to 20 and 25.

She added that other follow up cases had also increased from between 80-100 to about 120 from.

She, however, advised individuals to engage in activities that would keep them sane and worry less about the coronavirus pandemic.

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In other news, data compiled by the Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has revealed that Ghana’s COVID-19 recoveries is the second-highest in West Africa.

The CDC noted that Nigeria has the most COVID-19 recoveries in the sub-region, followed by Ghana. So far, Ghana has seen 2,317 COVID-19 patients recover from the illness.

The West Africa nation has recorded 7,117 cases and 34 deaths, while Nigeria has 2,385 recoveries from 8,344 confirmed cases and 249 deaths.

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