Laboratory In Tamale Teaching Hospital Closed Down Over COVID-19 Scare

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The laboratory of the Tamale Teaching Hospital has been closed down after it emerged that staff there may have been exposed to some of the Burkinabes who tested positive for COVID-19.

The lab which is the major referral centre for residents of Ghana’s northern sector was closed on Wednesday morning.

All laboratory scientists operating in the facility have been asked to proceed on self-quarantine as they await their test results.

According to Citi News, samples from the Burkinabe couple were sent to the lab technicians without prior warning.

Sources among the laboratory scientists in mandatory quarantine revealed that the staff have few PPEs for use in the lab exposing them to the possibility of contracting the novel Coronavirus disease.

The shutdown of the Tamale Teaching Hospital lab would affect the many patients who patronize the service.

Coronavirus cases in Ghana

The novel coronavirus cases in Ghana have risen to 195.

The Greater Accra Region has 174 of these cases, the Northern Region has 10, the  Ashanti Region has 9, the Upper West Region has 1 and the Eastern Region also has 1 known case of the virus.

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source: CNR

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