DETAILS OF THE CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN THE UPPER DENKYIRA EAST MUNICIPALITY
An updates reaching richghana.com on the State of the CoviD-19 is that upper Denkyira East municipality has recorded 2 additional new cases.
A staff of the hospital, who is attached to the Pharmacy Unit but who stays at Obuasi was called back to Obuasi on May 7, for his sample to be taken for testing (asymptomatic though) because he was a contact of somebody who had tested positive for Covid-19 at Obuasi. He has since tested positive for coronavirus and has been isolated and receiving treatment.
The authorities of the Dunkwa Municipal Hospital received notification of this on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Samples of staff of the Pharmacy Unit have since been taken for testing on receiving this notification.
The concerned staff at the pharmacy whose samples have been taken have been put in isolation and been monitored.
The Upper Denkyira East Municipality recorded its first Covid-19 case on 12th May, 2020.
Following this, Management of the Municipal Hospital in close concert with the Municipal Health Directorate took a decision to test all staff working in the Municipal Hospital as part of enhanced contact tracing.
Results of the first batch of samples of staff sent to KCCR for testing received on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, have confirmed two additional staff of the hospital testing positive for Covid-19.
The two new cases of Covid-19 are all male staff of the hospital.
The affected members of staff of the Municipal Hospital, who are all asymptomatic, have been isolated and are receiving treatment.
All staff coming from Obuasi to work have been asked to proceed on annual leave.
The management has failed to protect their staffs from this pandemic. They have to earlier stop the staffs coming from obuasi from coming to work as obuasi has been the hotspot of the Covid-19 in Ashanti region.
Now this confirmed staff from obuasi May have transferred the virus to patients and relatives who have been at the pharmacy to received their prescribed medication through sharing of folders and medications and they’ll also spread the virus anyhow to the Ward nurses, doctors and patients.
Management of the hospital have advised staff and the entire community to continously do as follows :
Wear face masRegularly
wash hands with soap under running water or sanitize hands regularly with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Maintain social distancing at all times in all places
Uphold all IPC protocols
Readily provide information and co-operate with the various teams.
Avoid large gathering
Avoid stigmatizing suspected cases and the family and friends not to hinder our preventive efforts.
Make use of the intercom and refrain from unnecessary movement to other units
All staff are to stop travelling to epicenters, especially Obuasi, Kumasi and Accra during these challenging times.As at today, Thursday, May 21, 2020, a total of 291 samples have been sent to the various laboratories for testing, out of which 82 results have been received with 209 pending.
Enhanced contact tracing has started in earnest.
As at 1st June 2020, Dunkwa municipal Hospital has recorded so far 12 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Credit: Solar FM (91.1MHz), Dunkwa-On-Offin
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