KATH faces imminent closure as COVID surges among doctors

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Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)

The Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) risks being shutdown as more doctors at the unit test positive for COVID-19.

Medical Director at KATH, Prof. Baffuor Kofi Opoku says dozens of doctors who tested positive for the virus are receiving treatment, a situation, he says, is threatening services at the unit.

Speaking to Asaase News, Prof Opoku said the hospital’s COVID treatment centers have also seen rising numbers of patients adding a surge among health workers threaten the fight against the virus.

“In November for about three weeks we didn’t have any patients on admission , but we have started getting patients on admission.”

”And the worst of it is that this surge is seriously affecting the staff of Komfo Anokye, I know that the policy is that ones a staff tests positive, a doctor Nurse or any other staff tests positive , the policy is that that person should stay off for two weeks , if you come to the emergency now virtually all the doctors have tested positive and they are not coming to work.”

“So the reality is that it is affecting seriously the rendering of service in the hospital, and if you dont take care and more than half of the staff of the hospital gets affected  and they are going to stay away for two weeks , then it means we are going to close the hospital, which we dont want to,” he said.

Prof Opoku fears other units of the hospital would be overwhelmed if the public do not adhere to the safety protocols.

“So the public should help us by observing the protocols and wearing the masks at all times.”

Meanwhile, nationwide, as of December 23, 2021, active Covid-19 cases stood at more than 7,300; and it has grown really fast over the past few days, from less than 1,000 to the current number.

A lot of the cases is said to come from persons who traveled through the Kotoka International Airport into the country. Government is therefore insisting on compulsory vaccination for all inbound and outbound travelers, which is being challenged in court.

Meanwhile, Africa’s telecom giant, MTN Group has initiated a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination program for all staff.

TechGh24 gathered from a very reliable source that all top executives at MTN have been given a deadline to vaccinate or forfeit their contracts.

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