Christmas is a season of celebrations but with the presence of Covid-19, it is a sad story for many. Health professionals who are working directly with patients are often one of the hardest hit in periods of pandemics or outbreaks and Covid-19 has just taken a loud strike at one of Ghana’s top health facilities.
All Doctors at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19, Medical Director for the Hospital, Professor Kofi Opoku revealed.
He stated that if this persists they will have no choice but to shut down the unit.
“In November, for about three weeks we didn’t have any patient on admission but we have started getting patients coming on admissions.
“The worse of it all is that this surge is seriously affecting the staff of Komfo Anokye. I know that the policy is that once a staff tested positive, a doctor, a nurse or any other staff tests positive, the policy is that that person should stay away for two weeks.
“If you come to the emergency now, virtually all the doctors have tested positive and they are not coming to work. So the reality is that it is affecting seriously the rendering of service in the hospital.
“If we don’t take care and more than half of the staff of the hospital gets affected and are going to stay away for two weeks then it means we have to close down the hospital which we don’t want to.
“The public should help us by observing the protocols of wearing the masks all the time.”