Following the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in the Upper East Region, details are beginning to emerge on why the patient who has tested positive for the virus absconded from the Upper East Regional hospital.
The 33-year-old Ghanaian woman with no travel history out of the country first visited the Region’s referral hospital on 28th March, 2020.
Information gathered by MyNewsGh.com from hospital sources say though she was first admitted to the maternity ward of the hospital because she is 30 weeks pregnant, symptoms she exhibited were consistent with COVID-19, so she was quickly moved to an isolated ward within the maternity block of the hospital.
It has emerged that the pregnant patient came to the Upper East region from Tarkwa on 27th March, 2020, a day before she reported to the hospital.
Samples were taken and sent to the KCCR test centre in Kumasi. The samples collected formed part of then 15 samples that were collected within the region for test.
Meanwhile, checks by this news portal revealed that the husband of the patient who felt infuriated by the neglect of his wife by health staff at the facility, angrily packed her belongings and headed for home. This happened on Thursday April 2, 2020. A day before the release of her test results.
“The husband was angry that no one was attending to her. Though the nurses tried explaining to him the difficulty because they did not have PPE’s, he insisted he was taking her away. They couldn’t stop them. So they left,” a staff of the hospital who spoke to MyNewsGh.com on condition of anonymity said.
According to the staff who witnessed the walk away of the patient and her husband, the patient looked healthy and was strong.
“She was walking strong and looked okay. She didn’t have a bad condition,” she added.
Meanwhile, Upper East Regional Minister Tangoba Abayage in an interview on Accra based Starr fm said the house of the patient had been identified and cordoned off, while contact tracing has begun.
The patient has been taken to an undisclosed location for care.
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