The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology (KNUST) has confirmed a third case of the coronavirus in Ghana.
Peacefm News Senior Correspondent in the Ashanti Region, Sampson Kwame Nyamekye who reported this during the station's Midday bulletin, explained that the latest case involves an expatriate worker of Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA).
"....the expatriate reportedly returned to the country after a trip abroad this week and flew to Obuasi via helicopter....he has currently been quarantined and undergoing medical observation whilst contact tracing is in process...
"A team of medical experts from Kumasi have also been dispatched to Obuasi to assist their colleagues to help contain the situation," he narrated.
Listen to his report below
First Cases of Coronavirus Announced
In a late evening televised press conference Thursday, the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, confirmed that coronavirus cases have been recorded in the country.
Flanked by the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Badu Sarkodie, the Health Minister said the two cases were confirmed on Thursday at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research.
Norwegian & Ghanaian From Turkey According to him, the two persons infected by the pandemic had just returned from Norway and Turkey and that they were imported cases.
"Both patients are currently being kept in isolation and are stable. We have initiated processes for contact tracing," the Minister said.
$100m To Fight COVID-19 In Ghana
On Wednesday, there was a similar late evening address by President Nana Akufo-Addo, in which he stated that with the fast-spreading infection recorded at all three of Ghana’s immediate neighbors – Togo, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast – "by the law of averages", Ghana would soon record its first case.
He then announced the allocation of $100 million to fight the virus in the event of an outbreak in Ghana.
66 Cases So Far Tested
Ghana has so far tested 66 suspected cases of coronavirus at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research.
The disease since it was reported in late last year in Hubei Province of Wuhan in China, the epicenter of the disease, has spread to 120 countries and territories with 118,000 reported cases and about 4000 deaths.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
Symptoms of Coronavirus include; fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing which could be fatal.
The disease is spread through coughing and sneezing; close personal unprotected by touching or contact with an infected person).
Presently, various treatment options are being explored, there is no cure, treatment is mainly symptomatic, there is no vaccine and prevention is mainly by adherence to cough and sneezing etiquette and improved personal hygiene.
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