Ho Municipal Hospital
The Ho Municipal Hospital in the Volta Region has shut down two of its departments temporarily for disinfection after it was exposed to Covid-19.
According to sources close to the hospital, the exercise was to ensure the Accident and Emergency and the Out Patient Departments were safe for both staff and clients.
Apart from the temporal shutdown of the departments, about 33 staff who were also exposed to the Covid-19 patients are in self-quarantine while their samples are being tested for the virus.
The staff included 16 health personnel from the Accident and Emergency Department and 17 from the OPD.
The source at the hospital who broke the news to DGN online noted that the facility received two Covid-19 cases last Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
One of them came with an emergency situation and was quickly attended to and stabilised by staff of the Accident and Emergency Centre.
The client’s samples were taken for Covid-19 testing due to some of the symptoms exhibited.
The other patient had earlier been treated for malaria by the facility and had returned for a review.
The results from the Covid-19 testing centre of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) showed the patients were all positive.
This brings the number of health personnel suspected to be exposed to COVID-19 and hence on quarantine in the Volta Regional capital alone to 75, thus 42 at the Ho Teaching Hospital where the staff has recently tested positive for Covid-19 and 33 for the Ho Municipal Hospital.
The management of the hospital is yet to give an official statement.
From Fred Duodu, Ho (firstname.lastname@example.org)