Savelugu Municipal Hospital: Over 60 health workers test positive for COVID-19; more samples to be tested

Savelugu Municipal Hospital: Over 60 health workers test positive for COVID-19; more samples to be tested

- Ghana has so far recorded 80,253 cases of the virus and 577 deaths

- The country currently has 6,658 active cases of infection, according to the latest update from the Ghana Health Service

- Meanwhile, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines are expected into the country on Monday, February 22

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Over 60 health workers at the Savelugu Municipal Hospital in the Northern Region tested positive for COVID-19, YEN.com.gh has gathered.

This was after mass testing of staff at the facility following the disturbing increase in recorded cases in the municipality.

Savelugu Municipal Hospital: Over 60 health workers tested positive; more samples to be tested

Savelugu Municipal Hospital: Over 60 health workers tested positive; more samples to be tested Credit: Thana Prasongsin
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YEN.com.gh understands that there are more samples at the laboratory yet to be tested.

Still on COVID-19, Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah disclosed that Ghana would take delivery of its first batch of the COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, February 22, 2021—that’s later today hopefully.

Ghana takes delivery of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines today, February 22

The disclosure was made over the weekend at the Conference and Donor Presentation for the Sustainable Development of Yendi Municipal Hospital.

The country is one of the 145 countries of the UN-led COVAX Facility earmarked to take delivery of 2.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII).

In a related development, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ghana also signed on to a consignment of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine.

This emergency authorization was captured in a press statement by the Russian Government which states the Ghana government had “granted an emergency authorization” of the vaccine, Reuters News Agency reported.

Over 200 million dollars is being spent to procure the vaccines, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) revealed.

In the meantime though, herbal medicine, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, was approved for a clinical trial in Ghana for the treatment of COVID-19.

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Known locally as ‘Nibima’, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta's approval for the trial was announced on Monday, February 1, 2021, by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

The herbal medicine developed by the School of Public Health at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was submitted to the FDA for the clinical trial in September 2020 and approval was granted in January 2021.

Ghana has had 80,253 cases of the virus and 577 deaths.

The country currently has 6,658 active cases of infection, according to the latest update from the Ghana Health Service.

Below is the cumulative Cases per Region

(Case Count from Highest to Lowest)

Greater Accra Region – 46,189

Ashanti Region – 14,046

Western Region – 4,742

Eastern Region – 3,525

Central Region – 2,783

Volta Region – 1,559

Bono East Region – 1,081

Upper East Region – 994

Northern Region – 970

Bono Region – 924

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Western North Region – 797

Ahafo Region – 660

Upper West Region – 357

Oti Region – 272

North East Region – 79

Savannah Region – 72

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