30 frontline health workers infected with coronavirus in Ashanti Region

30 frontline health workers infected with coronavirus in Ashanti Region

The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate has revealed that about 30 health workers, including doctors and nurses in the region, have also fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the health directorate, the affected workers are responding to treatment holding the total number of COVID-19 case count in the region at 886 and 7 deaths with Obuasi leading with 587. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Ashanti Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang indicated that although the number of confirmed cases in Obuasi is high, the situation is improving.

 

“We have a total of 30 health workers having COVID-19 in the region. All of them are doing very well. Out of the total of 43 districts in Ashanti Region, 25 Municipal and districts have recorded COVID-19 cases. We have new infections, however, the good news is that the new infections are going down in all the districts especially in Obuasi,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, Ghana’s COVID-19 case count has jumped to 6,096 after 178 new cases were recorded within 24 hours after the country earlier recorded an increase of 183 cases. According to figures from the Ghana Health Service, 19 more recoveries have also been confirmed, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,773 with the death toll currently pegging at 31. The update indicates that the increase came from four regions: the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western and Central Regions.

13 Doctors contract virus

Also, 13 Ghanaian doctors are reported to have contracted coronavirus in their line of duty. The Ashanti Regional Chairperson of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Paa Kwesi Baidoo, disclosed on April 28, 2020, in an interview. He told the media that the doctors contracted the virus whilst administering treatment to infected patients.

“About thirteen doctors have been infected on the job as of Wednesday. We shouldn’t joke with this virus. Some people think it’s a joke or because Ghanaians are not dying we think we have some favour,” he is quoted by the media.

“The two-week lockdown helped us trace contacts and most of the people are in the younger age group. Of 100 infected people in the country, 8 or 10 are in critical condition” he added.

Regional Breakdown of cases

Greater Accra Region – 4,536

Ashanti Region – 886

Central Region – 258

Western Region – 111

Eastern Region – 100

Western North Region – 57

Volta Region – 41

Northern Region – 31

Oti Region – 26

Upper East Region – 26

Upper West Region – 21

North East Region – 2

Bono Region – 1

Savannah Region – 0

Ahafo Region – 0

Bono East Region – 0