The health minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu has disclosed that as part of the country’s preparation to handle any case of coronavirus, the government is setting up a 100-bed capacity facility to quarantine any person suspected to be infected by the virus.
During a briefing at the parliament on the country’s preparedness to tackle the virus, the minister revealed the centre will be secured at a remote place and will be ready in two weeks, though a quarantine centre has already been established.
He further established that as part of the country’s preparedness, dedicated contact lines have been made available. According to the minister, the public can contact any of the following lines; 0552222004, 0552222005, 05094977100, 0558439868 and 0800110555, which are toll-free to report any suspected case of the virus. The public can also send SMS through the short 199 to provide any information.
Also, the minister stated that the government has procured 5000 personal protective equipment (PPEs) which have been distributed to all the regions, the major health facilities, entry points, teaching hospitals and some selected health facilities across the country.
Aside from the infrastructures being established and the equipment being procured, the minister disclosed to parliament that well-restructured surveillance mechanism has been put in place.
“We are currently using a Cobid-19 investigation form. The national rapid response team has been made ready while training for regional and district rapid team will be executed. Training has also been carried out to all local health workers on severe respiratory illnesses.”
Ghana was listed among 13 African countries who stand the risk of contracting the virus due to their trade relations with China but the health minister has assured the nation that all have been set in place to tackle any suspected case.