President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed his satisfaction with the measures Government has put in place to deal with the threat of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 4th March 2020, when he paid visits to the Kotoka International Airport, the Tema General Hospital and the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.
Accompanied by the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, the President’s first port of call was the arrival terminal of the Kotoka International Airport.
It was revealed by the Health Minister that several stakeholder engagements with the Ghana Airport Company Limited, Ghana Immigration Services, Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority, at all the country’s ports of entry, have been held to strengthen Ghana’s COVID-19 preparedness and surveillance.
At the Tema General Hospital, one of the hospitals designated as a treatment/isolation centre for the COVID-19 disease, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Richard Anthony, told President Akufo-Addo that the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Hospital is “readily prepared for the COVID-19. We have an emergency response team made up of nurses, pharmacists, administrators on standby.”
The President was taken on a tour of the cleanroom encompassing a changing area for the nurses, as well as the main ward, which did not have any patients as at the time of the visit.
At the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, another hospital designated as a treatment/isolation centre for the COVID-19 disease, President Akufo-Addo was told that the infectious diseases centre of the hospital “is a full unit, purposely-built and well-designed to hold and quarantine an infectious case.”
The President was made aware of the fact that the emergency response team at the hospital has been activated, with basic medical checks undertaken on every patient who visits the hospital.
In briefing the President, the Minister of Health stated that public health emergency management structures at all levels, i.e. national, regional, district have been activated and placed on high alert, in addition to the holding of National Technical Coordinating Committee meetings.
He added that emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated, alerts have been sent to all regions to activate Public Health Emergency Management Committees (PHEMCs) to initiate preparedness activities and enhance surveillance for respiratory diseases.
Kwaku Agyeman Manu also told President Akufo-Addo that forty (40) suspected coronavirus cases have been reported and tested.
All forty (40), he stressed have tested negative for COVID-19 from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
source: Ghana’s Presidency
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