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9 staff of Anglogold Ashanti test positive for COVID-19

Acting Upper West regional director of health services, Dr Damien Pungyiri has disclosed that out of the 10 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Upper West region, nine are casual employees of AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control programme (AGAMAL).

The workers, according to Dr Pungyiri were engaged in indoor residual spraying exercise in the Sissala Municipality and were found to have contracted the virus after an exit screening.

He said seven of the new cases are currently undergoing treatment at a heath facility in Tumu and one has been transferred to the Upper West Regional Hospital.

The region for close to three weeks did not only have the number of confirmed cases continuously pegged at 22 but also recorded 21 recoveries.

But it appears that bubble has been busted and front line workers have to get back to work with the announcement of 10 more new cases bringing the region’s tally to 32.

Dr. Pungyiri during a press conference said they have, in earnest, started contacting persons who may come in to contact with the infected persons.

He expressed worry over the reluctance of most members of the public to wear face mask following the easing of restriction.

On the issue of alleged stealing of a mattress and flat screen television at the Wa municipal isolation centre, he said investigations are ongoing to apprehend the culprits.

Dr. Damien concluded by giving an overview of the case of count of célèbro spinal meningitis that has killed 48 persons in the Upper West region.

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