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Coronavirus: 13 Ghanaian doctors have been infected so far – Dr Baidoo

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A number of doctors in Ghana have been infected by the deadly Coronavirus, according to the Ashanti Divisional Chairperson of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Paa Kwesi Baidoo.

Ghana has so far recorded 1,550 cases with 11 deaths and 155 recoveries.

Dr Baidoo, who was speaking on Hello FM, disclosed that thirteen (13) doctors have so far been infected but did not give further details.

He also advised Ghanaians who are ‘joking’ with the virus to stop because ‘it is real’.

“About thirteen doctors have been infected on the job as of Wednesday. We shouldn’t joke with this virus. Some people think its joke or because Ghanaians are not dying we have some favour. The two weeks lockdown helped us trace contacts and most of the people are in the younger age group. Of 100 infected people in the country, 8 or 10 are in critical condition”.

“When they come we give them critical care. The efficacy of the virus depends on a persons immune systems. The few people who have died had other conditions but it doesn’t mean if you are young and have not conditions you won’t die”.

Meanwhile the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the ban on social gatherings for two weeks.

He also said that government is working on a comprehensive plan to soon lift the restrictions imposed to curtail the spread of coronavirus in Ghana.

“I should be outlining shortly the path for bringing the restrictive measures systematically to an end and defining the basket of measures for the revival and growth of our national economy. We have to own our future.”

Source: Peace FM

Coronavirus: 271 new cases recorded in Ghana, one more person dies

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Ghana has recorded an additional 271 cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the country’s total positive cases to 1550.

One more person has also died according to the latest update from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

The death toll now stands at 11 with 155 persons recovering from the disease.

The recoveries represent approximately 10 percent of Ghana’s total case count as of April 26.

The Ghana Health Service data analysis also reveal that 62 percent of infected persons in Ghana are male while 38 percent are female.

The data also reveals that only 16 percent of infected persons have a travel history with a staggering 84 percent having no clear history of travel.

Ghana lifts lockdown

Exactly a week ago, President Nana Akufo-Addo lifted a three-week lockdown in two cities, citing improved coronavirus testing and the “severe” impact of the restrictions on the poor and vulnerable in the country.

In a televised address , Akufo-Addo said the decision did not mean the government was letting its guard down, saying existing bans on public gatherings and school closure were still in place.

He urged Ghanaians to wear masks when going outside and to continue adhering to social distancing measures in public places.

Regional breakdown:

*Greater Accra Region – 1,347

*Ashanti Region – 69

*Eastern Region – 57

*Oti Region – 17

*Central Region – 17

*Northern Region – 13

*Volta Region – 10

*Upper West Region – 8

*Upper East Region – 8

*North East Region – 2

*Western Region – 1

*Western North Region – 1

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Korle-Bu nurses expose coronavirus political praise singers

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Barely 24 hours after leaders of political parties praised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the ‘decisive’ measures he has put in place to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic in the country, nurses in the Accident and Emergency Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital are thinking and acting differently.

They have announced in letters submitted to their superiors that beginning Monday, they will stay home as a result of one of their colleagues at the Centre contracting the deadly disease.

According to the nurses, despite assurances by authorities in terms of insurance packages, their concerns have not been addressed as personal protective equipment (PPEs), for instance, are not available. Doctors in that department have also complained about the lack of proper isolation centers for the COVID-19 patients.

Aside the Korle-Bu nurse, two medical doctors at the Ledzokuku Municipal Hospital (LEKMA Hospital) at Teshie in Accra and a specialist Anesthetist at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital), have also contracted the disease. Like the nurse, they are being treated in their private homes.

Interestingly, at a meeting on Friday, 3rd April, 2020, at the Jubilee House, at the invitation of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, leaders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Conventions People’s Party (CPP), the National Democratic Party (NDP), the People’s National Convention (PNC), the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) were unanimous in their praise for the President’s handling of the crisis.

The Chairman of the governing NPP, Mr. Freddie Blay, thanked President Akufo-Addo for the gesture of inviting the parties to dialogue with Government on the pandemic, and described the President’s fight against the disease as “exemplary. Ghana is lucky to have you at the helm of affairs at this time. Whatever you have been doing is being appreciated.”

The PNC 2016 presidential candidate, Dr. Edward Mahama, who is also an Ambassador-At-Large in the Akufo-Addo’s government, in his remarks, stated that “without unity (amongst Ghanaians), this virus will devastate us. I applaud your decisiveness, and the formation of the COVID-19 management team is a very brilliant one” referring to the President.

Representing the Progressive People’s Party, Bridgette Dzobgenuku, the 2016 vice presidential candidate of the party, commended Government and President Akufo-Addo on efforts to combat the disease, stressing that “we are quite happy. Nobody in the world has been here before, and no one here can claim to know how to do it better than anybody else. We are all learning as we go along”.

“Let’s make an effort at taking off our competitive blinders, and put on our compassionate lenses, because, at this point, it is the compassion we need”, she said to the political party leaders represented at the meeting.

However, speaking on anonymity on TV3’s Midday Live on Saturday, a nurse said they demand that tests are conducted on each one of them in order to be sure whether they have been infected by the COVID-19 or not.

According to the nurse, they were kept in the dark regarding the infected colleague despite the nature of their work finding them in contact with one another almost all the time.

“We have been working since the case came there and we have been exposed and we demand that all the staff be tested,” the nurse said.

He said knowing their status will prevent them from either infecting their families or not, adding “when the PPEs are ready, we will resume and work for mother Ghana.”

In one of the letters sighted and quoted by 3news.com, the nurses said the news of one of the nurses testing positive for the disease is creating fear and panic among nurses.

“As we write this letter, a substantial number of nurses at the center are not in their right state of mind.”

Reports from the President’s Communication bureau, said the parties applauded the closure of Ghana’s borders, the subsequent quarantining of some 1.30 passenger, and the partial lockdown implemented in some parts of the country, she added that the PPP’s 2016 presidential candidate, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, was making available to government seven (7) ambulances to help fight against COVID-19.

On his part, Ivor Greenstreet Ivor, the 2016 flagbearer of the CPP, noted that the world has been witnesses to how some governments prevaricated in the wake of the pandemic, and are now paying a heavy price for their actions and inactions.

“Fortunately, this is not a charge your Government can be accused of. Your decisions, thus far, have been decisive, resolute and very important,” he added.

Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, the 2016 flagbearer of the NDP, thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the actions taken so far, stressing that “the actions have been timely and purposeful to the COVID-19 pandemic that we have to fight”, with the NDC National Chairman, Mr. Ofosu Ampofo, urging for unity in the fight against the pandemic.

The NDC Chairman, thus, urged all “to come together, put our shoulder to the wheel, and assist government fight and defeat the pandemic.”

Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to pardon radio stations that have been shut down as part of measures in expanding messaging in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In our effort to ensure that we reach out to the majority of our countrymen and women, I am appealing to His Excellency [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] to grant amnesty and get those radio stations that have been closed down to use their frequencies to reach out to the people and to reach out to them in various languages so that we will be able to reach out to every nook and cranny of this country,” Mr. Ofosu Ampofo told President Akufo-Addo.

The NDC National Chairman indicated that it was not healthy for people who are fleeing Accra to be stopped and sent back.

To him, systems could be put in place for the authorities in various districts to test these people living the national capital.

He suggested that traditional leaders should be integrated into the fight against the virus at the local level, as their influence on the local people could not be overemphasized.

“Our country operates a decentralized system of administration…We have various sub-district structures. Because this pandemic is virtually coming to the doorstep of the people, we believe that a decentralized approach should be adopted. We need to activate all the structures that we have.”

“We also want to suggest that once we have our teachers who have left the classrooms and are now within the communities, we could also put some public education volunteering groups in place to support the efforts of NCCE. The teachers are there and are easily accessible to the people. So that all hands will be on deck,” he added.

Explaining the rationale for calling the meeting, President Akufo-Addo explained that the consultations he has so far held with stakeholders on combating the disease will not be complete without also meeting and talking with the political leaders of the nation.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “It is essential for us to have an opportunity to exchange information with each other, and, more than anything else, to agree on the measures that we can take as political leaders to ensure the unity of our nation at this critical time, and to stress the need for solidarity amongst ourselves.”

He continued, “The example of our own country and countries around the world, which we are all familiar with, is that the disease doesn’t have a political colour. It doesn’t know Democrats or Republicans, or Tories or Labour, or NDC or NPP. It is attacking human beings. That recognition is what should drive our collective responsibility as a people to this pandemic.”

The President, thus, urged the political party leaders gathered to recognize that “this virus is a threat to our communities, society and nation. And we should be able, collectively, to find an input as to the measures that, on a societal basis, can be taken to arrest the spread, and, ultimately, lead to the defeat of this pandemic.”

Source: theheraldghana.com

GNPC Foundation donates hand washing logistics to Cent Reg RCC to fight Covid-19

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The Executive Director for Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Foundation Dr Dominic Eduah led a team to present one hundred and fifty hand washing facilities (Veronica Buckets), washing basins with their stands, two thousands hand sanitizers, thousands of face masks, liquid soaps and tissues to the Central Regional Coordinating Council as their contribution to assist the fight against Covid-19 in the region.  After handing over the items to the Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan for onward distributions to various health facilities in the region especially the rural areas to fight the disease. Dr. Dominic Eduah has called on Ghanaians to treat the presence of the Covid-19 with all the seriousness it deserves. He is urging Ghanaians to adhered to President Akufo-Addo’s directive of “Stayhome” which has led to partial lock down of Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi, Tema and Awutu Senya East in a bid to contain the spread of the disease. He said it is better to remain indoors for two weeks or a month than to lose love ones to Covid-19. He believes it will be very difficult for Ghanaians to close caskets of deceased Covid-19 than to remain indoors. Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Foundation is determining to improve living standards of Ghanaians and the very citizens lives to better is being threatened by Covid-19 hence the need for this donation. The Foundation ha similar donations in the Western and Western North  Regions. The Foundation will continue to reach out to other regions and health institutions that are leading Covid-19 fight. 

 Central  Regional  Minister Kwamena Duncan after taking delivery of the items handed it over to the Regional Health Director and directed the Director of Ghana Health Service to ensure immediate distribution of the items to the various Health directorates in the region for usage. The Minister said government efforts to supply PPEs to front line health workers to fight Covid-19 is not enough hence support by the GNPC is very timely and laudable. He is appealing to other agencies also to learn from GNPC to do well to  support government efforts by supplying PPEs to contain the disease. He has expressed profound gratitude to GNPC for coming to support the region. 

Coronavirus could be airborne – WHO study reveals

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The World Health Organization is considering “airborne precautions” for medical staff after a new study showed the coronavirus can survive in the air in some settings.

The virus is transmitted through droplets, or little bits of liquid, mostly through sneezing or coughing, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, told reporters during a virtual news conference on Monday. “When you do an aerosol-generating procedure like in a medical care facility, you have the possibility to what we call aerosolize these particles, which means they can stay in the air a little bit longer.”

She added: “It’s very important that health-care workers take additional precautions when they’re working on patients and doing those procedures.”

World health officials say the respiratory disease spreads through human-to-human contact, droplets carried through sneezing and coughing as well as germs left on inanimate objects. The coronavirus can go airborne, staying suspended in the air depending on factors such as heat and humidity, they said.

Kerkhove said health officials are aware of several studies in a number of countries looking at the different environmental conditions that COVID-19 can persist. Scientists are specifically looking at how humidity, temperature and ultraviolet lighting affects the disease as well as how long it lives on different surfaces, including steel, she said.

Health officials use the information to make sure WHO’s guidance is appropriate, and “so far … we are confident that the guidance that we have is appropriate,” she added. Health officials recommend medical staff wear so-called N95 masks because they filter out about 95% of all liquid or airborne particles.

“In health-care facilities, we make sure health-care workers use standard droplet precautions with the exception … that they’re doing an aerosol-generating procedure,” she said.

Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Congress last month that the agency was aggressively evaluating how long COVID-19 can survive, particularly on surfaces.

“On copper and steel, it’s pretty typical, it’s pretty much about two hours,” Redfield said at a House hearing. “But I will say on other surfaces — cardboard or plastic — it’s longer, and so we are looking at this.” Redfield added infections contracted from surfaces rather than through the air could have contributed to the outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Separately, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that there’s been a rapid escalation of COVID-19 cases over the past week, adding, “we have not seen an urgent enough escalation in testing, isolation and contact tracing, which is the backbone of the response.”

“We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test. Test every suspected case, if they test positive, isolate them and find out who they have been in contact with two days before they developed symptoms and test those people, too,” Tedros said.

Source: cnbc.com

Ministry of Health directs final year students to go home

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The Ministry of Health has directed the Ghana Education Service to allow all final year students to go home.

The directive from the Ministry takes immediate effect on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the statement said.

The statement signed by Dr. Mrs. Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Director, Technical Coordination said the students should be made to go home until further notice.

The government of Ghana imposed a ban on all public gatherings like conferences, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church services, Islamic worship for 4 weeks starting Monday, March 16, 2020.

Schools were also shut down with the exception of final year students.

Some teacher unions including Ghana Union of Teachers (GNAT) raised concerns demanding that final year students be allowed to go home.

The statement from the Health Ministry asked the Education Ministry to direct all Principals and Directors to treat the directive with urgency.

Source: rainbowradioonline.com

Ghana’s Coronavirus cases hit 9

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Information minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has announced the country has confirmed two more cases of Coronavirus bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to nine (9).

“Unfortunately we have confirmed two more cases overnight. Ghana’s case count is now at 9. Health services are still managing all suspected and confirmed cases well,” his tweet a while ago read.

The Ghana Health Service on its website reports that the two new cases were imported.

“On the 18th March, we received another report from NMIMR indicating two (2) more confirmed cases from the Greater Accra Region. Both are imported cases. One is a 56-year-old man, a Ghanaian who travelled back to Accra from a trip to UK about a week ago. The other is a 33-year-old Ghanaian, who returned to Accra from a conference in UAE. Both cases are receiving treatment in isolation.

“This brings to a total of nine (9) confirmed COVID-19 cases. There is no death. On contact tracing, a total of 399 contacts have been identified and are being followed up. Nineteen (19) of the contacts developed some forms of symptoms and samples have taken for laboratory testing. We have received results for 15 of them which are all negative for COVID-19 and we are awaiting results for four (4) of them. Currently, there is no death and all the nine (9) confirmed COVID-19 cases are being managed in isolation and are responding well to treatment.”

At a press conference Wednesday evening, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said health experts had told government officials that the next two weeks will be critical in Ghana’s fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “the health experts tell us that the next two weeks are going to be critical in determining whether or not we are going to get significant community spread. They tell us that the general theory pandemic management is that often it is likely the numbers go up a bit before it curves or the situation gets better.

“Therefore, they are bracing for the possibility of some limited recordings of more cases in the medium term but they continue to assure us that the systems they are putting together and continue to ramp-up are such that we will be able to contain it and hold this virus in check.”

Oppong Nkrumah affirmed the government’s commitment in ensuring the safety of every citizen by ensuring that all the measures put in place to stop the spread of the virus are adhered to.

At the briefing, it was revealed that the travel ban imposed on person’s coming from countries that have recorded more than 200 cases of the disease is in full force.

This ban has led to several persons returned to their places of embarkation upon arrival in Ghana.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah@konkrumah

Covid-19 Update
Unfortunately we have confirmed two more cases overnight. Ghana’s case count is now at 9. Health services are still managing all suspected and confirmed cases well.

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Coronavirus forces KATH to suspend OPD services

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The Coronavirus outbreak has forced the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to suspend all Out Patient Department (OPD) services.

Reports also indicate that several specialist clinics will also be shut to the public and this is part of measures by the hospital to avoid the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

KATH treats about 1000 patients every day and this comes as a big blow to the indigenes.

KATH has two OPDs, the Special Care OPD and the Primary Care OPD.

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has now passed 200,000, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The total is now 201,530 confirmed cases and 8,007 deaths.

China still has the highest number of confirmed cases (81,102), while Italy has the second-highest with 31,506.

Ghana on Tuesday recorded its 7th coronavirus case and the Ghana Health Service is expected to brief the nation on that.

Currently, all outdoor events including funerals, church activities and naming ceremonies have been suspended.

Schools have also been asked to close down for a period of 4 weeks.

These, according to Akufo-Addo, forms part of precautionary measures to fight the virus and prevent any more spread after the 7 confirmed cases in Ghana.

Source: primenewsghana.com

Iran has produced cure for Coronavirus

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Islamic Republic of Iran had successfully produced a control device and cure for Coronavirus which will be in the market in the next two weeks InshaAllah.

Secondly, they creates a digital Camera which will detect people infected with the virus in the crowded areas.

 

Shortage of drugs hits Koforidua Prisons

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There is a shortage of drugs in the infirmary of Koforidua Prison affecting the delivery of medical care and treatment services to the inmates.

This was made known when the Medical Team of Pentecost International Worship Center (PIWC)-Koforidua, visited the Prison to provide health screening services to the inmates.

The medical team donated few drugs available to stock the infirmary on the plea of the Prison officers.

Elder Frederick Darfur, a Pharmacist and Presiding Elder of PIWC -Koforidua who led the medical team said the situation is worrying given that most of the inmates reported cases of various skin rashes.

He said the overcrowded condition at the Prison is a serious health concern hence said the initiative of the church of Pentecost building Modern Prison facilities in parts of the country is therefore timely.

Source: kasapafmonline.com