Ghanaian government designate Ridge and Tema General hospitals as Coronavirus case management centres

Ghana’s Ministry of Health has designated the Ridge Hospital and the Tema General Hospital both in the Greater Accra region as centres to manage possible cases of coronavirus in the country.

Ridge Hospital

In a statement released by the Ministry, it said that this is part of the country’s plan to prevent and control any case that may be detected in the country and ultimately protect the Ghanaian population.

The Ministry explained that it has tightened the country’s emergency preparedness and response plan due to the rising number of infections from the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in other countries of the world.

The statement said the Ministry has directed Regional Directors to designate treatment centres in their respective regions to deal with cases if they arise.

“Ridge Hospital and Tema General Hospital have been designated as initial case management centres. Regional Directors have been instructed to designate holding/treatment centres in their respective regions. We are preparing to designate more centres in the highly populated areas of Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, and Tamale.”

“Case Management Teams Activated- teams to manage cases at the designated national centres are receiving orientation on the management of cases,” the statement added.

The Ministry had earlier issued a statement that stated that all passengers from China must mandatorily fill health declaration forms. The Health Ministry has stepped up by the process by applying it to all international arrivals at Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

“Screening for fever using the walk-through thermometers and non-contact thermometers are ongoing at KIA and other points of entry. Efforts are underway to ensure that all points of entry have non-contact thermometers,” the Ministry added.

Meanwhile, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIR) has said that it is well-resourced to diagnose coronavirus infection and has since been designated as the laboratory for investigating the virus.

The Ministry said it is closely collaborating with the World Health Organization, Veterinary Services Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention among others to execute the country’s emergency response plan.


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