Ghana is working to secure a remotely located facility to be used as a quarantine centre for novel coronavirus (covid-19) cases.
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu told parliamentarians on Wednesday that a quarantine centre has already been established in the country.
“Another remotely located 100-bed capacity facility is being secured for the purpose of quarantine for eligible persons,” he announced and assured the facility would be ready for use in two weeks from now.
He stated that a holding room has been identified at the country’s main entry point, the Kotoka International Airport, to use for suspected cases.
The Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge) and the Tema General Hospital have already been designated as treatment and isolation centres, but the Minister said all the five teaching and 10 regional hospitals in the country have the potential to manage covid-19 cases.
These facilities, he noted, have been engaged by the Health Ministry “to test how ready they are for any eventuality”.
A total of 5,000 PPEs have been procured and distributed to all regions and major health facilities and points of entry in the country as well as some selected health facilities. More are being procured by the government to help protect our frontline workers.
More reagents and primer are also being procured for the two health research centres at the forefront of testing for coronavirus cases in the country.
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