A house to house contact tracing exercise has begun at the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region as part of government’s efforts to fight and reduce the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The Assembly deployed staff from the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Immigration Service to interact and possibly test those who could have had contacts with infected patients of the disease.
This comes after the Municipal Health Directorate identified the municipality as a hotspot for the virus.
Before embarking on the enhanced contact tracing exercise, the health workers were given the contact lists and locations of identifiable persons believed to have come into contact with the infected patients.
Phone calls were made to brief the people about the exercise before they set off.
The teams were deployed to areas such as Dzorwulu, East Legon, Abelenkpe, Okponglo, Airport Residential areas, and surrounding communities.
The first team comprising of some health workers and Immigration officers made their first stop at Shiashie and then to Adjiringanor Estate to check on residents on their contact list.
Individuals were engaged in a bid to identify if they have developed any symptoms and take their samples where necessary.
Ghana’s coronavirus cases have now surpassed 200. Giving a breakdown, the Ghana Health Service said four of the cases had no travel history to any of the hardest-hit coronavirus ravaged countries. The other four, who didn’t have similar travel histories, are said to have made contact with some of the confirmed cases in the country and the last person came from Benin to the country.
“Since the last situational update, Ghana has confirmed nine additional COVID-19 cases, all from the Greater Accra region. Four (4) of them have no history of travel nor contact with any confirmed case. The other four (4) have no travel history but are contacts of confirmed cases in Ghana, and one travelled to Ghana from Benin within the past 14 days.”
This has effectively lifted the country’s cases to 204 with five (5) deaths and 3 recoveries. 49 people have also been discharged and are being managed at home until their results test negative.