Tributes have been paid after a community health nurse with the Ghana Manganese Hospital at Nsuta, in the Tarkwa/Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region died of Coronavirus.
Sophia Addo, 54, who was a staff of the hospital, passed away on Friday, May 8, while receiving treatment at the same facility which had already confirmed two cases of the virus.
The Western Regional branch of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives’ Association (GRNMA) confirmed the development in a statement Saturday.
Madam Addo until her death, was assigned to pre-triage and participated actively in screening clients who attended the hospital.
She reported sick on Wednesday, May 6 and had returned home after treatment, the GRNMA said in the statement adding that Addo’s health condition worsened and started showing signs of Covid-19.
“She was admitted at the hospital to be managed. Samples were taken and before the result came, she had passed away on the night of 8th May, 2020. However, the result came out positive for Covid-19”, the GRNMA indicated.
The Association had already visited and commiserated with the family and relatives of the deceased assuring them of its support.
A private burial would be held on May 30, while final funeral rites would be held at a later date after the ban on social gathering is lifted, the GRMNA said.
Many have described the deceased as a “humble” medic.
32 nurses and midwives test positive for Covid-19 in Ghana
Thirty-two Nurses and Midwives have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Ghana, official figures from the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives’ Association (GRNMA) revealed.
The president of the GRNMA, Mrs Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, also disclosed that 250 of her members have been quarantined, awaiting their test results.
The West African country has so far confirmed 5, 735 coronavirus cases resulting in 29 deaths and over 1,700 recoveries.
Speaking during the 60th anniversary celebration of the Nurses Week in Accra, the president said per analysis, the Association found out that those infected were Nurses and Midwives not working at the COVID-19 treatment centres but rather, other units.
“It, therefore, stands to reason that, nurses and midwives everywhere especially those working outside the designated treatment centres are heavily exposed to contracting the virus,” Mrs. Ofori-Ampofo said.
By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH