“Don’t hide relevant information from health officials” – Oppong Nkrumah
As COVID-19 cases continuously go up, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has advised the public seeking medical care to desist from withholding relevant information from health professionals.
The Minister explained that refusing to disclose relevant information in the process of seeking medical care could put health workers at risk of contracting the coronavirus.
In referencing this, Mr Oppong Nkrumah cited a situation where about 15 health workers had been put under self- isolation after a patient refused to provide relevant details.
“We had recorded incidents where persons who eventually test positive, initially withhold relevant information from doctors and nurses. Take note; it puts our health workers at unnecessary risk. We have instances where about 15 or 16 workers have to be put in self-isolation.”
“What that means is that they are first of all at risk and secondly you are reducing the number of health workers that we have to attend to so please you have no reason or basis to withhold relevant information,” he pleaded.
As it stands now, Ghana has confirmed a total of 152 cases of COVID-19 cases with five deaths.
How many regions have been affected?
The COVID-19 cases have so far been confirmed in four regions in the country. The Ashanti Region, Northern Region, the Upper West Region and Greater Accra Region.
Number of recorded cases
Upper West region – 1 case
Ashanti Region – 8 cases
Northern Region – 10 cases
Greater Accra Region – 133 cases (including 79 people on mandatory quarantine)