Tension at Maamobi Polyclinic over COVID-19 case

The Maamobi General Hospital

There is an uneasy calm at the Maamobi Polyclinic in the Greater Accra region as nurses got into contact with a suspected Covid-19 patient, who brought her daughter for treatment.

Dailymailgh.com gathers that a woman who through contact tracing was suspected to be COVID-19 infected refused to self-quarantine as she was advised to do until her result was ready. She flouted the self-quarantine order and took her sick daughter to the Maamobi Polyclinic on April 3 while awaiting her results.

“She has been with us and been visiting her daughter on a daily basis until a Good Samaritan blew her cover,” a disturbed nurse, who wants to remain anonymous, disclosed to Dailymailgh.com.

“We’re seriously worried and disturbed. We don’t know what to do now. There is no clear direction as to what we’re supposed to do until Monday and this is not the best,” another nurse told Dailymailgh.com.

When reached on phone, the head of clinicals Dr. Prince Daitey told Dailymailgh.com management will meet over the issue on Monday and take a firm decision on it.

“Samples have been taken to Noguchi and we’re sure by Monday or Tuesday sample results will come out. For now there is no cause for alarm. We’re putting in measures to protect our staff. We’ve not recorded any COVID-19 case here at the moment,” Dr. Daitey stressed.

Latest cases in Ghana

Ghana has confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19, health officials have said.

This brings the total number of cases in Ghana to 214 as of April 5, 2020.

An update by the Ghana Health Service stated that six of the cases were recorded in the country’s epicentre of the pandemic, Greater Accra while three are from the Ashanti region.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) in a statement said, among the cases from Greater Accra, one is a 37-year-old woman with no history of travel nor contact with a confirmed case.

“One is a repeat test of a travellers under quarantine who was initially negative but converted to positive on a repeat test. Four are contacts of confirmed cases with no symptoms and were detected during the enhanced contact tracing and testing,” the statement added.

The GHS noted, “of the three cases from Ashanti region, two are Ghanaians who travelled to Ghana from France within the past 14 days and the third one is a Ghanaian who has no history of travel out of the country nor contact with any confirmed case.”

As of 4th April, 2020, Ghana has recorded a total of 214 cases of COVID-19 with five deaths.

“Currently, the number of regions reporting cases are as follows: Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern, Upper West Eastern and Upper East Region.

The Greater Accra Region has most cases (189) followed by the Ashanti Region (12), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1),” the GHS explained.

Most of the cases are reported from routine/enhanced surveillance activities.

Cases from travellers under mandatory quarantine are 90.

The Ghana Health Service indicated further that “all five deaths had underlying chronic medical conditions prior to COVID-19 infection.”

Source: Daily Mail GH

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