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The Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service says the
Region has recorded the first death and four additional confirmed cases
of Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to eight.

A 33-year old pregnant woman was the first reported Covid-19 case in
the Region, which subsequently increased to four after laboratory
investigations of her contacts tested positive.

Dr Winfred Ofosu, who made the announcement in a press release he
signed on the updates of Covid-19 in the Region, said his outfit
received laboratory results of four cases in the early hours of
Thursday.

“Three are contacts of the first confirmed case and for the first
time, one of the cases was detected through routine surveillance in the
Bawku Municipality,” he said.

The Director indicated that a detected case in the Bawku Municipality
passed on before the laboratory results were received from the Kumasi
Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).

He said the burial was appropriately supervised prior to the release
of the results, adding, “we have initiated steps to communicate the
results to affected persons and to immediately identify all contacts of
the four new cases for immediate quarantine.”

Dr Ofosu commended the public for their cooperation in the fight
against the virus and urged residents in the Region to remain calm as
the authorities worked to bring the situation under control.

 He has, however, called on all municipal and district assemblies in the
Region to close their markets temporarily or draw a time table for
traders due to non-observance of social distancing.

He observed that the overcrowding at those markets could aid the rapid spread of the Covid-19.

Dr Ofosu made the call after he received some items to help fight the
disease from a Civil Society Organisation comprising natives of
Bolgatanga, Nabdam, Bongo and Tongo (BONABOTO) in Bolgatanga.

The items included Veronica buckets, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, boxes of handwashing soap and gloves.

Dr Ofosu expressed gratitude to BONABOTO for the support and stated
that at the onset of the pandemic, BONABOTO had been complementing
government’s efforts in tackling the menace.

It had also supported the Directorate in developing educational messages on the pandemic in local languages for radio broadcast.

He said government alone could not fight the disease and implored
corporate bodies, Non-Governmental Organisations and individuals to
complement efforts at tackling the canker.

Dr Ofosu urged the people not to panic but rather adhere strictly to
the President’s directives and the World Health Organisation’s protocols
on the disease.

He said as part of measures to curb the spread of the pandemic, many
interventions including the distribution of Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) and the training of more health staff on it was ongoing
in the Region.

He later distributed the items to the beneficiary district health
directorates including the Bolgatanga Municipal, Bolgatanga East, Bongo,
Nabdam and the Talensi.

Mr Esmond Agurgo Balfour, the Regional Chairman of BONABOTO, who
presented the items, commended the staff of the Ghana Health Service
(GHS) and other professional bodies in the Region for working hard to
help curb the spread of the COVID-19.

He appealed to residents to obey the preventive protocols,
particularly social distance and constant handwashing with soap and
running water.

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