The Upper West Region has recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 over the last one week whereas 21 persons have also recovered from COVID-19 and have been re-integrated into the society.
Addressing the media, Ag. Upper West Regional Director of Health Services Dr. Damien Punguyiri noted that the new cases included a 32-year old female who resided in Accra and only returned to the Sissala West to attend a funeral and was tested positive of coronavirus after she reported at the Gbollu district hospital for medical attention and her sample was taken.
“the Upper West Region has recorded ten more cases of COVID-19 during the past one week, one of the new patients is a 32-year old female from Gbollu in Sissala West District who was residing in Greater Accra region. She returned to the community on 30th May, 2020 to attend a funeral ceremony. She was taken ill shortly on arrival and reported at Gbollu district hospital for medical attention where a suspicion of COVID-19 was made. She was isolated and samples taken which turned out to be positive of COVID-19” he noted.
He added that, the other 9 cases were part of some 56 casual workers of AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited (AGAMAL) who exited screening after performing residual spraying exercise at some areas within the Sissala West District. Dr. Punguyiri said seven (7) of the cases were translocated to the Tumu treatment centre while three (3) of the cases were sent to the new Upper West regional hospital’s treatment centre. He said a total of 32 cases were confirmed of positive of COVID-19 and 21 patients have fully recovered and discharged whiles the rest are receiving treatment.
“The others were among 56 casual employees of AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Programme in the region who had exited screening after performing indoor residual spraying exercise in the Sissala areas. Seven (7) of these new cases have been translocated to a treatment centre in Tumu whiles the remaining three are been taken to the Upper West Regional Hospital’s treatment centre. To date, a total number of 32 confirmed cases of COVID have been reported in the region, of this number, 21 persons have fully recovered and discharged. Six (6) districts in the region have now recorded at least one case of COVID-19 disease. On laboratory surveillance, a total of 2,303 persons in the region have been investigated with laboratory test conducted through the combination of enhanced and team surveillance system”.
He said the Ghana Health Service will continue to enhance surveillance in the region, appealing to religious leaders as well as opinion leaders to adhere to the laid down protocols adding that any person showing symptoms and is suspected of COVID-19 should be reported to the health facilities.
Dr. Punguyiri made this known at a press conference organised Tuesday June 16, 2020 in the conference hall of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council to brief the media the status of the region on COVID-19.
Below is the current update of COVID-19 cases in Ghana as of Wednesday 12:15am.