45 health workers within Cape Coast and Elmina infected with Covid 19.- Deputy Director, Public Health C/R.

Covid -19 case count in Central Region seems to have subsided even though, numbers are high. However, there is another worrying situation, some health workers within Elmina and Cape Coast township, have been infected with Covid-19.

The Deputy Director of Public Health, Dr. Godfred Kwabena Sarpong has revealed that about forty five (45) health workers in the Central region specifically Cape Coast and Elmina have been infected with Covid – 19.

Covid-19, infections in Cape Coast and Elmina affects health workers
Overcrowded fishing market at Elmina, one of the hotspots in Central Region

Speaking on ATL FM’s Atlantic Wave morning show, he highlighted that about forty five health workers have been exposed and infected with the virus.

He added that apart from the risk of a possible exposure at the various health facilities, some of these health workers may have also been infected in their various communities while going about their normal duties.

“Cumulatively, we have about forty five (45) health persons with Covid-19. Well, as of 23rd of May, we have recorded 45 health workers who have been infected with Covid-19. However, majority of the affected staff are unfortunately in Cape Coast and Elmina” he stated.

Factors leading to the Covid-19 Infection of 45 health workers in Cape Coast and Elmina

In addition to the situation, he explained some of the factors that might have led to this unfortunate situation.

“When we started this fight against Covid -19, if you remember correctly, the structures we had at our various health facilities, thus, Pre-triaging and triaging area at all the entrances of our hospitals and polyclinics. Essentially, that was to pick persons who have the symptoms, fever, cough, sore throat and travel history. That structure was to pick persons with Covid.” he stated

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However, he also mentioned that majority of patients of Covid-19 now are asymptomatic and are not showing any symptom at all. These persons might have come into contact with these health persons and infected them with the virus.

File Photo: Health Worker checking vitals of a patient at the hospital (Image by DWM)

“Majority of people are not showing symptoms but have Covid-19. About 90% of persons affected are asymptomatic that means they do not show any symptoms at all. So that kind of system could possible be allowing people to get infected unknowingly. As they go through the process of pre-triaging and triaging, they may infect persons they come across to provide services for them and others as well” he explained.

Currently, Cape Coast lies third on the Covid-19 regional log of confirmed cases with 309 as at the time this story was being filed.

According to Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Ghana’s COVD-19 case count has risen to 6,964 cases

Meanwhile, 2,097 of persons who got infected with the virus have also recovered from the disease.

Regional Breakdown of Cases

  • Greater Accra Region – 4,908
  • Ashanti Region – 1,066
  • Western Region – 334
  • Central Region – 319
  • Eastern Region – 106
  • Western North Region – 62
  • Volta Region – 57
  • Northern Region – 36
  • Oti Region – 26
  • Upper East Region – 26
  • Upper West Region – 21
  • North East Region – 2
  • Savannah Region – 1
  • Bono Region – 1

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BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI

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