The government has designated the country’s only quaternary healthcare facility, the University of Ghana Medical Centre as a COVID-19 treatment facility for the diplomatic community in Ghana.
This means that ambassadors, high commissioners, honorary consulates, officials of the UN systems and staff of other international bodies with diplomatic status will be treated at the facility when they contract the deadly disease.
Quaternary hospitals provide an advanced form of medical care that goes beyond the treatment offered by tertiary care health facilities like the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
A letter issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to all diplomatic missions, international organizations, honorary consulates accredited to Ghana stated that “any suspected case of COVID-19 may be reported directly to the Director of Medical Affairs at the UGMC” with a telephone number provided.
The decision, the ministry said was part of efforts to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus, which has so far killed 16 people in Ghana while more than 1,500 others are undergoing treatment.188 have also recovered.
Currently, some Ghanaians and foreigners with COVID-19 are being treated at the facility. In fact, the Rector of the Physicians and Surgeons College, Prof Jacob Plange-Rhue, died at the medical centre from coronavirus.
When contacted, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Charles Owiredu, confirmed the letter to theghanareport.com.
He, however, said the Ministry of Health was in a better place to explain why the facility was selected to treat members of the diplomatic community who contract COVID-19.
“We are just a channel of communication because we deal with them [diplomatic community],” he said.
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