39 FDA staff test positive for Covid-19

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has recorded cases of coronavirus after a mass testing of its staff. A total of 450 staff including the Chief Executive Officer were tested. Out of this, 39 had their samples return positive. “All thirty-nine (39) staff were asked to go into self-quarantine and those who were in close proximity to them were also asked to do same and were provided with the necessary logistics to do so,” the Authority said in a statement. On a brighter side, 38 out of the 39 have recovered “and will soon be reporting to work whiles the remaining 1 is responding to treatment”. The statement issued by Head of Communications & Public Education James Lartey said the Authority will strictly follow all laid-down protocols and, in addition, fumigate its offices across the nation every two weeks. “The FDA by this notice assures staff and the general public of its utmost interest to ensure their protection at all times.” The Authority is running a strict shift system which has seen a reduction in its staff presence by 25 per cent. Those with peculiar health conditions were, however, exempted from the shift system and tasked to work from home.

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