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Treatment, isolation centres are not full to capacity – Ghana Health Service

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said treatment centres designated to take care of patients with Covid-19 and isolation centres, are not full to capacity as rumours claim.

He disclosed on JoyFM’s Super Morning Show, Thursday that the two isolation centres in Accra are rather full of space, enough to accommodate incoming patients.

“We have two main isolation centres in Accra, Prampram, and the Pentecostal Convention Centre. Pentecost Convention has a capacity of 600. Currently, we have 480 people from Eastern, Central and Greater Accra Region,” while “Prampram is empty.”

He explained that the only time the Service had a problem was when the Ghanaian returnees came from Kuwait.

“The only time we had a challenge was when the returnees from Kuwait were put in Prampram but even then we didn’t have a spillover,” he said.

His comments follow a report that the two centres are full so new cases and well as people under study have to be transported to Cape Coast.

Ghana’s number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 10,358 with 69 more recoveries bringing the total to 3,824.

The rising numbers coupled with reports of lack of space at the two centres are getting people concerned about the government’s efforts at fighting the virus.

But Dr Aboagye said there is no cause for concern.

Although there are days when numbers surge in treatment centres and could cause a spillover, Dr Patrick Aboagye stressed that such situations do not last long enough to cause concern.

“In our work, there are times there are surges, two or three days, everybody gets alarmed that people are coming. Then it stops,” he said.

“There are days that you see a few more cases and then it stops,” he added.

He explained further that until the medical staff’s weekly report is done, medical staff cannot tell if there is a significant surge enough to cause congestion in health facilities.

He encouraged all health facilities to transfer Covid-19 cases to a treatment centre for proper assessment and care if they do not have one.

 

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