About 20 people who converged on the Korle Bu Police Station registration centre yesterday to have their names registered as voters were prevented from going through the process after they were suspected to have contracted COVID-19.
The suspected patients were said to be exhibiting various COVID-19 symptoms including high temperature way beyond the threshold, running nose and coughing.
They were immediately isolated from the multitude by the stationed health professionals and quickly conveyed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital which is very close to the registration centre.
Narrating the incident to Accra-based Citi FM in an interview monitored by ABC News, one of the three health professionals deployed to the centre, Rabiatu Braimah indicated that the suspected patients were identified at the temperature checking stage of the process.
Even though some of them were visibly very ill, she said they attempted to hide their symptoms in order to have them go through the process. But they were fished out and moved away from the many.
“We had about twenty of the cases. They were having very high temperatures and then about five of them were ill. Even though they were trying not to give us any complaints, you could see and tell some were very ill, others complained of headache, cough within the last week, running nose…
“In all we had about five that were really ill and then we spoke to our bosses and the reinforcement team and some were taken to the COVID clinic at Korle Bu,” she intimated.
“When we came here, the setting wasn’t really proper and because we didn’t want them to feel stigmatized or discriminated, there were some that we just isolated a little farther from where the public was. We brought them closer to nursing station [and] we gave them chairs to sit down,” she added.
Rabiatu stated that because the Polyclinic is so close to the polling station, they walked the suspected cases to the clinic and handed them over the staff in there.
She later observed that there was a lot challenges with the adherence to the COVID-19 protocols especially with the wearing of nose masks.
“The law enforcement teams are supposed to ensure that people wear the mask but people were not … And the social distancing too, once in a while people forget that they are supposed to distance and then gather,” she said.