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Coronavirus: Western Region records 437 suspected cases


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Correspondence from Western Region

The Western Regional Health Directorate has disclosed that the region has recorded 437 suspected cases of Coronavirus so far.

Out of the 437 suspected cases, one has been tested positive and it was recorded in Sekondi-Takoradi.

In totality as of Friday, April 24, 2020, the Region is having 322 pending cases.

Giving the daily situation report as of today, Friday, April 24, 2020, Dr. Jacob Mahama, the Western Regional Health Director stated that the Regional Health Directorate has collected 437 samples from the various Districts within the region for test.

He added that out of the 437 samples collected, 115 results have been received.

According to him, 114 samples have tested negative with one positive case.

Giving the breakdown of the report, he said Sekondi-Takoradi has recorded 138 suspected cases with 26 tested negative, with 1 positive case.

He said 111 suspected cases are being pending.

He continued that Shama District has recorded 83 cases where 2 negative cases have been recorded with 81 cases pending.

In Ahanta West, 50 suspected cases have been recorded and out of the figure, 7 cases have been tested negative awaiting for 43 results.

Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality has so far recorded 39 suspected cases with 31 negative cases and 8 pending.

Effia Kwesimintsim has also 37 suspected cases, 10 being negative and 27 pending.

23 suspected cases have been recorded in Mphoor District of which 10 cases have been tested negative with 13 cases pending.

Amenfi West has recorded 21 suspected cases, 9 out of the number have been tested negative awaiting 12 suspected cases.

Prestea Huni-Valley, on the other hand, has recorded suspected 18 cases, 9 people have been tested negative and 9 cases are yet to be released.

Nzema East has 10 as suspected cases with 3 negative cases and 7 suspected cases are yet to be released.

Ellembelle District has also recorded 9 suspected cases of which 3 suspected cases have been tested negative and the 6 suspected cases are being pending.

Amenfi East has recorded 6 suspected cases, 3 suspected cases have been tested negative and 3 being pending.

Jomoro being the last District has recorded 3 suspected cases with 1 negative case and the two suspected cases are being pending.



Logistics Management

The Western Regional Health Directorate as of April 9, 2020, has received quantity of logistics from individuals, private companies and other benevolent organizations and these logistics have been distributed since April 16, 2020.

These were items; 400 examination gloves, 400 nose masks, 100 coveralls, 100 N95, 100 goggles-reusable, 40 infrared thermometers and 400 shoe covers.

The rest were; 200 2litres of hand sanitizers, 49 4.5litres of hand sanitizers, 200mls of hand sanitizers, 25 beds with mattresses, 25 bedside Lockers, 99 boxes of Cocoa Powder Natural, 20,000 A2 Posters (COVID-19) and 2,500 Bumper stickers (COVID-19).

Public Advice

The Health Director has advised residents in the region to stay home and report any suspected case to them on 0208149141 for prompt action.

He added, "Do not hide any relative or friends returning from any affected areas to prevent the spread of the disease".

He, therefore, called on them to practice regular handwashing with soap under running water or use hand sanitizer when necessary.

He also urged them to practice social and physical distancing protocols.

Dr. Mahama kicked against the stigmatization with the disease. "Do not stigmatise people with the disease or people living in an area with a confirmed case".

He pledged the Health Directorate together with the NCCE would continue with their Public Sensitization on COVID-19 Preventive Measures.



Treatment Centres in Western Region

So far, the Region has thirteen (13) treatment centres and they include; Takoradi Hospital, Kwesimintsim Hospital, Tarkwa Municipal Hospital, Apinto Hospital, Axim Government Hospital, Half Assini Government Hospital.

The rest are; Wassa Akropong District Hospital, Prestea Government Hospital, Nana Hima Dekyi Hospital, Ahmadiyya Mission Hospital, Fr. Thomas Allan Rooney Memor Hospital at Asankragua and St. Martin de Pores Hospital in Ellembelle District.

Ghana has so far, recorded 1,279 confirmed cases with 10 deaths and 137 recoveries.

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