The Chief Executive Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has revealed that 26 members of its staff tested positive for COVID-19.

The CEO, Dr. Oheneba Owusu-Danso confirmed the news to Citi News. The Regional Health Director of the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate, Dr. Emmanuel Tekorang, at the latest COVID-19 update of the directorate said 30 health workers have been infected.

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“I think with the last count, about 26 of our staff from various areas had contracted the virus. Even for those ones that have come out to be positive, the evaluation that has been done is also showing clearly that not all of them may have picked the infection from here. Because at the operational area where they are working, we have not had any positive or suspected case there, but they themselves have tested positive,” Dr. Oheneba said.

Dr. Oheneba

Health workers at KATH have been protesting management’s provision of cloth nose masks instead of surgical masks for usage but the CEO said the masks are of high quality. He further assured workers that the facility is working assiduously to stop the spread of the virus within the facility.

“Indeed, that is why we have continuously engaged. In fact, every week we have a strong management team led by myself that meets to evaluate our operations and some of the nemesis for instance just so that we can continuously let our people have the relevant knowledge, be empowered and also to protect themselves more and more. Because if they protect themselves very well here, they will be doing so for the communities and the homes that they live in,” he said.

“It’s been shown clearly that the locally produced masks in a lot of instances are superior to the imported ones. Therefore, we have actually encouraged the FDA to come out very clear about their processes and to also to give clear details about the authenticity and the effectiveness of the locally produced masks because that is our own and I think we should be able to know that we have confidence in our own,” Dr. Oheneba added.

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