Effia-Nkwanta Hospital Closes Down Three Units After Staff Member Tests Positive For COVID-19

Effia-Nkwanta Hospital, Sekondi

The Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi has closed down its Antenatal Care Unit and two other units after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The three units in the hospital, are undergoing disinfection among other measures to contain the infection.

The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Joseph Kojo Tambil, said the infected staff has been isolated and all other contacts asked to self-quarantine as their samples have been taken for testing.

“One of our staff who had mild symptoms got tested and her results came out positive. So we quickly started taking samples of people that she works with and since she was working at the Antenatal Clinic, we had to take samples of all the staff. She also spent some time at the ENT Department so we also closed down that department and took samples of the staff.”

“Hopefully we would get the results later today and we would determine the way forward. Currently, we are disinfecting those two units and every surface, floor, ceiling to make sure that we minimise the risk of anybody coming into contact of any droplets. Once we get the results then we can determine which staff can work and who cannot.“

The Effia Nkwanta Hospital in the Western Region is the main referral hospital.

So far, the region has recorded a total of 61 positive cases of COVID-19 out of over a thousand suspected cases.

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source: CNR

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