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Coronavirus: Government to expand isolation centers

Government says it has embarked on the expansion of Covid-19 treatment centres across the country.

The move is to make available more beds and logistics for the management of Covid-19.

Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, July 2, 2020, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye listed some facilities which have the capacity for keeping Covid-19 cases.

"For the isolation centers in Greater Accra, we have Pentecost and Prampram - Pentecost has the capacity of 600, currently we have 207 and so we have space for about 393 people. Prampram isolation centre has nobody there now, it's today that we are going to put people at Prampram, the 160 beds [are] still empty as far as isolation spaces are concerned. Ga-East has the capacity of 85 beds, however we have 30 patients there, we have space for 55 people if they come up."

According to him, the 37 Military Hospital (Debrah Hall) has 34 beds and it is empty, the police isolation center has 12 but currently has 10 patients and so there is space for two. Ridge Hospital has four but are all full; University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) has 36 with 31 patients so we have space for five. We are hoping that more space can be created there."

Ghana’s Covid-19 cases

Ghana’s Covid-19 case count now stands at 18,134, with 13,550 recoveries.

The death toll has also increased by 5, bringing the total death toll to 117.

Active cases also stands at 4,467.

Some Government Officials with Covid-19

Currently, the New Patriotic Party’s campaign manager for the 2020 general elections, Peter Mac Manu and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah are receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after both tested positive for COVID-19.

Ghana’s Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu also tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby, also tested positive for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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