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First Upper West Region COVID-19 Patient Recovers

A 42-year-old man who was the very first to test positive for COVID-19 in the Upper West Region has actually now fully recovered.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, Minister of Upper West Region divulged on Wednesday that the recovered client has actually now evaluated negative for the virus two times, confirming that he was undoubtedly free from the infection.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih announced this at a conference with members of the Sissaala West Public Health Epidemic Committee.

The 42-year-old guy evaluated positive on March, 27, 2020 in Ghana after travelling through the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Egypt.

Dr. Bin Salih stated the variety of individuals in the region who have actually tested positive for the illness still stay at eight, all of whom are being held in quarantine at Wa, other than one who is at Nandom.

He said 6 of the confirmed cases are from Wa, one from the Nandom district and another one from the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa district in the Upper West Region.

He said apart from the coronavirus, the area was likewise battling Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) and stigmatization.

According to him, the view that when somebody contracts COVID-19 they are condemned to pass away has actually been major mistaken belief that needs to be addressed and changed

Dr Bin Salih stated countless people have contracted the Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) and have been dealt with and released.

“Once somebody contracts it and is given medical attention, the person stands the chance of recovery and will be integrated back in society. Once you begin to shun people who have the disease, those who show signs of the symptoms are likely not going to come close to heath facilities for them to be tested. Once they continue to live with us there is the tendency that the disease will spread,” he stated.

Sissala West District Director of Health Services, Cecelia Kakraba, expressed worry about a lack of personal protective equipment for frontline staff fighting the deadly disease.

“As I speak to u now, the whole district there is no single infra-red thermometer. The district hospital used to have one but it has also broken down.
“We don’t do triaging at the OPD level, we don’t have face or nose masks, neither do we have gloves…,” she lamented.

Touched by the revelation of the Sissala West District Director, the regional minister gave out his personal infra-red thermometer and a cash amount of GHS2,000 to the district.