"Two runaway Covid-19 patients in Old Fadama, Tamale found" – GHS
Two persons who fled health authorities after contracting the novel coronavirus have been found.
This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Aboagye, on Tuesday.
The duo, whose cases were recorded at Tamale and Old Fadama a suburb of Accra respectively, took their heels after their results came back positive.
The commercial head porter in the Accra incident was part of two people in the area who eluded contact tracers after her test results came in on Monday, April 6, 2020.
One of them was found with the assistance of the Chief Executive Officer of Accra Metropolitan Assembly on April 9 while the status of the former was made known today ay by the GHS. The Tamale incident involved a Guineans lady in her 20s, who scaled the wall at the back of the hotel where she and nine others were being held in mandatory quarantine back in March.
But speaking at a press briefing at the Information Ministry, Dr Aboagye explained that “the Fadama case I am aware, they’ve been found and those in Tamale have also being found. “They are all being taken care of,” he added. Meanwhile, Ghana’s Covid-19 cases have increased by 121 pushing the tally to 1,671.
According to Dr Patrick Aboagye, 33 more patients have recovered, sending the total number to 188 with the number of deaths climbing up to 16.
The Director-General also stated that efforts are currently being channeled into clearing the over 68,000 backlogs of tests, adding that samples were still being taken to detect the transmission of Covid-19 in parts of the country. He explained that there are also plans to “upscale our lab system in terms of the capacity of the individual labs and expanding or creating new labs to be able to catch up on that.