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Ghana’s Hospitals Overwhelmed With Coronavirus Patients, Death Toll Keeps Rising


Major health facilities in Ghana responsible for the treatment and management of coronavirus patients are now over-stretched, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has lamented.

In its latest statement obtained by African Entertainment, GMA pointed out that the coronavirus situation in Ghana was alarming, saying the over-stretched hospitals were those  involved in the management of moderate, severe and critically ill Covid19 patients.

The Association bemoaned that the increasing case count of Coronavirus can be attributed to “the total disregard for, and the lack of enforcement of all relevant Covid19 preventive protocols throughout the country and importation of cases from other countries via travelers arriving at the point of entry.”

“The Covid19 situation in the country is alarming and dire at this particular moment,” according to GMA  in the statement jointly signed by its President, Dr Frank Ankobea and General Secretary, Dr Justice Yankson.

GMA has therefore called for “an urgent scale up of Covid19 testing and contact tracing for all positive cases as well as strict isolation and management of all infected persons to help break the chain of transmission.”

How dire is the situation?

On Thursday, January 14, 2021, the 37 Military Hospital, one of the main health facilities for the treatment of coronavirus in Ghana, had to shut down its Medical and Emergency Unit (MEU) to pave way for a fumigation exercise. The hospital, as earlier reported by African Entertainment, is to reopen its MEU to the general public on February 4, 2021.

Even though the 37 Military Hospital did not state that it was battling with coronavirus cases, there had been rumors that the premier health facility was facing serious challenges as far as managing patients suffering from the new coronavirus variant was concerned.

Data African Entertainment obtained from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) showed that Ghana’s Coronavirus related death as of January 14, 2021, were 341.

Also, the GHS has recorded 175 new cases of Covid-19 infection, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in Ghana to 56,988.

At least active coronavirus cases in Ghana were about  1, 404 as of January 14, 2021.

Recoveries from coronavirus in Ghana have risen to 55,236.

At least 40 patients, African Entertainment understands, are in severe condition while four others are in critical condition.

Regional Breakdown

Ghana’ Greater Accra Region continues to record the highest number of cases, now having a total of 31,953 Covid-19 cases.

The Greater Accra Region is followed by the Ashanti Region, with 11,285 cases and the Western Region with 3,164 cases.
The Eastern Region has 2,658 cases, Central Region, 2,184 cases, Bono East Region, 789 cases and the Volta Region, 771 cases.The Western North Region has 668 cases, Bono Region, 642 cases, Northern Region, 580 cases, Ahafo Region, 530 cases.

The Upper East Region, 399 cases, Oti Region, 244 cases, Upper West Region has 112 cases, Savannah Region, 62 cases and the North East Region 22 cases.

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