Anybody coming in from the Hubei Province in China from today should expect to be quarantined for at least 14-days on reaching Ghana.
This is according to the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie.
According to him, this is part of the emergency preparedness response put in place by government to ensure the country is well protected from the Chinese coronavirus which has killed over 1,355 persons and affected over 60,000.
The Ga-East hospital, he said, has been designated as the quarantine centre for all persons travelling from the earmarked Chinese cities.
“What we have agreed and decided as a country, for now, is anybody coming from the Hubei Province, the Wuhan city, into the country we have made provisions to quarantine these persons for a period of not less than 14 days. Quarantine means that anybody who has been suspected to be exposed has not parted with signs and symptoms, isolation is where someone has signs and symptoms.
The preparation is ready now, the quarantine facility is ready now. It is not for lack of protection that we are keeping them there, I have seen that the preparation is ready, the quarantine facilities are ready. These are people some of them were part of the team that went to support Liberia and Sierra Leone at the time of Ebola, Ghana supported 42 people at the time of Ebola to go and help them there, those people all of them came back safe.”
Beyond the designated hospital, Dr Sarkodie in an interview with Accra-based Joy News indicated that a training facility is also being worked on at the Pantang hospital. The facility is almost 80 per cent complete.
When completed, the facility will serve as the second emergency quarantine centre for all persons coming in from the Hubei province.
So far, no one has been quarantined yet according to Dr Sarkodie.
“We have not placed anybody yet on quarantine because we have not had anybody coming from the earmarked areas. But then the facilities that we have, should there be the need, we will just take the people there. All of us are aware of the Ga-East hospital which was handed over to the government, the place is ready, this is the area we have set identified to quarantine
“There is also a training facility being put up by the Ghana Health Service and its about 60 to 80 per cent complete in Pantang and this is also the next line should there be the need for quarantine. The Ga-East is a completed hospital, it has been furnished and handed over to the Ministry of Health and the second option is the Pantang hospital, the Ghana Health Service training facility there, they have areas where the rooms are ready, what to do is there should be plans to quickly put this place to quarantine,” he stated.
The number of suspected cases in the country as of now is 15, although the Ministry of Health has indicated that all those cases have tested negative to the novel coronavirus.