In a press conference earlier today, the Director of Public Health at Ghana Health Service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie announced that, 2 more cases, after Thursday’s, were confirmed on Friday March 15, 2020. One from the Ashanti Region and the other from the Greater Accra Region.
“The first is a 56-year-old Ghanaian who returned from a trip in the United Kingdom on the 4th of March. He stayed in the UK for 10 days. He developed symptoms on the 12th of March and reported to a health facility in Obuasi.” According to Dr. Sarkodie.
Samples were taken from him and taken to the Kumasi Center for collaborative Research and the results returned positive.
The second is a woman, and a student. She travelled to the United States of America, stayed there for about 10 days and returned to Ghana on the 10th of March.
On the 13th of March, she started showing symptoms that later were confirmed to be compatible with the suspected case of COVID-19.
Samples were collected and taken to Noguchi Memorial Medical Research Institute and emerged positive.
The fifth and sixth cases were recorded on Saturday, late in the afternoon, from the Noguchi Memorial Medical Research.
According to Dr. Sarkodie, the first is a 42-year-old Ghanaian male who returned to Ghana on the 8th of March. He had travelled to Switzerland and UK in the past 14 days.
Symptoms started on the 9th of March and he reported to the health facility on the 14. After samples were tested, it was confirmed positive.
The second case in this batch was a 41-year-old Ghanaian male. He reported to the Tema General Hospital on the 14th of March with fever and acute respiratory illness. He had travelled to Turkey and Germany within the past 14 days. Results from Noguchi came back positive.
Both cases had no symptoms on arrival.
Dr. Badu however assured that all four cases are stable and under observation. They are receiving treatment under isolation conditions.
“This brings to a total of six confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana, there are no deaths and this is the situation as at March 14, 2020. All the 6 cases were imported into Ghana” He added.
Among the measures put in place by the ministry to prevent the spread of the virus are as follows,
- All travel to Ghana strongly discouraged
- Non-Ghanaian citizens who within the last 14 days travelled to countries with more than 200 confirmed Covid-19 cases are barred from entering Ghana.
- A mandatory of 14 days self quarantine is advised upon your entry into Ghana.