Just as China used 10 days in building a health facility strictly for COVID-19 patients, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital with support from the government is currently constructing a 50-bed capacity centre in a drastic move to deal with the novel coronavirus.
The epidemic disease treatment centre, which is a three-storey building will be completed in a month.
Speaking exclusively to ABC News, the Director of Public Health at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Philip Amoo commended government’s efforts in taking a bold step to fight the deadly virus by establishing a centre as a backup to other health facilities.
According to him, the facility will augment the existing ones at the Tema General Hospital and the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, popularly known as Ridge Hospital.
However, the facility will not only serve as a centre to deal with COVID-19 cases but also other infectious diseases.
Construction of the facility began on Friday, March 13 and is expected to be completed in a month’s time.
Ghana has so far recorded 7 cases of COVID-19 with contact tracing linked to about 350 persons.
To reduce the spread of the virus, President Akufo-Addo on March 15 announced the closure of all schools and universities in the country and banned large and social gatherings until the next four weeks.
Due to that, most programmes, sporting activities, among others have been suspended. Moreover, consular offices in the country have all shut down to protect their employees from contracting the virus.
Also, government has put in place some travel restrictions on countries with 200 or more cases of coronavirus until further notice.