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Tamale Teaching Hospital lab shutdown over fear of COVID-19

The laboratory of the Tamale Teaching Hospital has been closed down after it emerged that some staff may have been exposed to some of the Burkinabes who tested positive for COVID-19.

The laboratory, which is the major referral centre for residents of Ghana’s northern sector was closed on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Already, all laboratory scientists operating in the facility have been asked to proceed on self-quarantine as they await their test results.

The information available to the media suggests that contaminated samples from the Burkinabe couple were sent to the lab technicians without prior notice.

Sources among the laboratory scientists in mandatory quarantine revealed to the media that staff have few PPEs for use in the lab exposing them to the possibility of contracting the novel Coronavirus disease.

To a large extent, the shutdown of the Tamale Teaching Hospital lab would affect the many patients who patronize the service with a total of 204

Already, five regions from the total 16 have so far recorded confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Regional Breakdown

The regions are Greater Accra, Northern Region, Ashanti Region, Upper West and Eastern Region.

  • Greater Accra Region – 183
  • Northern Region – 10
  • Ashanti Region – 9
  • Upper West Region – 1
  • Eastern Region – 1

Home management

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), 49 persons have been discharged and undergoing home care management while awaiting final tests to indicate negative to gain full recovery.

According to the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie in his address said 4,225 tests were done at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra.

 

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