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64 Savelugu Hospital staff infected with COVID-19

The situation at the Savelugu Hospital has forced health authorities to cut down on admissions and will mainly attend to emergency cases

At least 64 health workers at Savelugu Municipal Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials have confirmed.

The development has forced health authorities to cut down on admissions and will mainly attend to emergency cases.

According to deputy director of public health, Hilarious Abiwu, the directive is to help contain the spread of the disease and to protect patients at the health facility.

In a related development, some health workers who spoke with Asaase News on condition of anonymity have been complaining of lack of PPE which, according to them, may account for the increase in cases at the facility.

Ghana’s COVID situation

Meanwhile, Ghana has so far confirmed 80,253 coronavirus infections since the virus was first detected in the country earlier in March 2020.

Available figures on the Ghana Health Service’s website show that at least 598 new cases have been recorded as at February 18, 2021.

There are, however, 6,658 active cases while at least 73,018 have been declared recovered and discharged.

The data also said five more deaths have been recorded pushing the toll from an earlier 572 to 577.

Regional cases

Greater Accra Region – 46,189

Ashanti Region – 14,046

Western Region – 4,742

Eastern Region – 3,525

Central Region – 2,783

Volta Region – 1,559

Bono East Region – 1,081

Upper East Region – 994

Northern Region – 970

Bono Region – 924

Western North Region – 797

Ahafo Region – 660

Upper West Region – 357

Oti Region – 272

North East Region – 79

Savannah Region – 72

Safe Vaccine 

Government has assured that the COVID-19 vaccines arriving in the country are safe as it targets to vaccinate some 20 million Ghanaians.

Officially announcing a roll out plan for the vaccines at a stakeholder engagement forum on Friday 19 February 2021, minister of information-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah explained that discussions have been ongoing with industry experts to settle on comprehensive roll out plan for the vaccines.

“As you have followed in recent weeks during the president’s addresses, Ghana is been working on a vaccination roll out programme and has been working to determine which vaccines, when, what quantities, what are the segments of the population, what are the cost to countries who receive the vaccines among others.”

“Today, we are in a position where we can formally inform the nation of where we are on this journey,” Nkrumah noted. He acknowledged that the engagement was important particularly to help cure the long held misconception by some sections of the public that the vaccines are harmful and should not be administered.

Nkrumah said it is important to take inputs from stakeholders in order to demystify this long held misconception and to further engage them on the roll out of the vaccines hence the need for the forum.

Source: asaaseradio

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