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Three units at the Effia-Nkwanta hospital in Sekondi in the
Western region have been shutdown after a medical staff tested positive
for COVID-19.

These units include the Antenatal Care Unit, ENT department and one other.

Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Joseph Kojo Tambil, explained
the units have been shut for disinfection to prevent a possible spread
of the virus.

“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,” he emphasized.

According to him, the infected staff has been put in isolation.

“One of our staff who had mild symptoms got tested and her results
came out positive. So we quickly started taking samples of people 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,” he confirmed.

Others who came into contact with the staff member have been directed
to self-quarantine. Their samples have also been taken for testing.

Dr. Tambil added, “hopefully we would get the results later today and
we would determine the way forward.  Once we get the results then we
can determine which staff can work and who cannot”.

Meanwhile, the Industrial Relations Officer for the Western Regional
Health Services Workers Union, Jerry Mensah Detse, told Accra-based Citi
FM that the region has so far recorded three infections among health
personnel.

“As I speak to you, three of our members in the region have tested
positive for the COVID-19. Two in Effia-Nkwanta and the Takoradi
hospital and it is quite scary,” he said.

He blamed the infections on inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff.

The Western region has recorded 61 infections.

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