A/R: Gov’t races to build temporary treatment centers as COVID-19 surges

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The government of Ghana is racing with time to build more treatment centers in a matter of months as COVID-19 cases surge in the Ashanti Region.

Treatment centers at the Komfo Anokye and the Kumasi South Hospitals are already full to capacity as virus cases crosses the 5,000 mark with over 50 deaths.

Authorities have, however, secured additional treatment centers at various health project sites in the region as part of efforts to manage COVID-19 cases and to ease pressure on existing facilities.

Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu led a team of health officials to inspect the projects located in the Fomena, Bekwai, Sewua and the Tepa communities.

He said they are hopeful the centres will be ready in a fortnight.

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“We went to see Bekwai. It is a project that we started sometime last year, we wanted to complete this hospital in Bekwai and some places are such that we can quickly turn them into treatment centres temporarily until we get our own treatment centre somewhere else.”

The Director-General of the Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye last week noted that, “The upgrade in Kumasi South will be ready this weekend. They have expanded to move to about 30 beds from 18 beds, and then also adding some eight ICU beds in Kumasi. That is ongoing. 

“Within the week, we are also looking at the centre at Toase; the one donated by Dr, Frimpong Boateng, will be ready. Currently, the staff who will be managing the place are in training and we hope that we’ll also have catering services. Once those things are ready, we’ll move in there and start,” he said.

The Ashanti Region has recorded the second highest COVID-19 infections after the Greater Accra Region. The region currently has more than 5,000 cases with more than 50 deaths.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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