The Bono East Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Fred Adomako-Boateng, has stated that some victims of COVID-19 are continually finding ways to avoid the 14-day mandatory quarantine and treatment, thereby thwarting the country’s efforts to deal with the pandemic.
According to him, some persons who test positive for the virus sometimes invoke curses on the health workers and the COVID-19 response team and accuse them of taking bribe when they call to confirm their results.
He has, therefore, appealed to the public to make themselves available to the health personnel for quarantine and treatment when they test positive to the disease, explaining that contracting the virus is neither a shame nor a death sentence.
Dr. Adomako-Boateng was speaking to the media after the Bono East Regional Minister, Mr. Kofi Amoakohene, updated the media on the regional situation of the COVID-19 pandemic at Techiman last Tuesday.
He expressed regret that some residents refused to go for the 14-day mandatory quarantine, while those whose samples were taken for test sometimes intentionally switched off their cell phones to prevent health workers and the response team from reaching them to disclose the outcome of their test results.
Dr. Amoako-Boateng said the unwillingness of victims to avail themselves of quarantine and treatment was a big challenge to the health personnel response team and also put the region at high risk of the disease.
He observed that stigmatisation associated with the disease and the 14-day mandatory quarantine had been the major challenge compelling many people not to accept the results when they tested positive.
The Bono East Region has so far recorded a total of 35 cases, including three health workers who are said to have contracted the diseases outside the line of duty.
The cases are made up of 19 males and 16 females aged between three and 67 with a median age of 29 years, while a total of 419 contacts have so far been identified.
So far, 13 patients have been treated and discharged from transmission-based precautions and re-integrated into their communities, while and rest are currently undergoing treatment at the Kintampo Municipal Isolation Centre.
The cases were recorded in Techiman in the Techiman Municipality, Yeji in the Pru East District, Nkoranza in the Nkoranza South Municipality, Kintampo in the Kintampo Municipality and Tuobodom in the Techiman North District.
VISIT TO SHSs
Mr. Amoakohene also visited the Techiman Senior High school (SHS) in the Techiman Municipality and the Akumfi Ameyaw SHS in the Techiman North District to access the schools’ preparedness to receive the final ear and the second year Gold Track students after the COVID-19 break.
Mr. Amoakohene charged the headmasters to immediately distribute the safety and hygiene products that were distributed by the government.
He urged the students to adhere to the various safety protocols such as washing of hands, waring of nose mask and observing the social distancing rule in a bid to stop the spread of the disease and study hard to produce good results.
The Minster, who also the Member of Parliament for Atebubu-Amantin, said he was satisfied with measures put in place by the schools to help halt the spread of the disease among the students and appealed to the heads of the institutions to sustain such measure
From Biiya Mukusah Ali,
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