The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has directed all health facilities in the country to make available holding bays to quarantine suspected cases of coronavirus.
This is to help control the spread of the virus in case of confirmation.
This was made known on The Key Points on TV3/3FM on Saturday, March 14 by the Head of Public Health of the Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie.
This directive comes in the wake of two confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus disease in Ghana.
The cases were imported from Turkey – involving a Ghanaian – and Norway – involving a Norwegian.
Dr Sarkodie explained that those two cases were confirmed within 24 hours after tests were conducted, dismissing assertions that they were announced advertently on Thursday, March 12 after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo devoted $100 million for the fight against the disease the previous day.
He said the emergency press conference addressed by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, was held less than four hours after the test results were received from the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research.
He assured Ghanaians that government is putting in all efforts to make information available to the entire populace.
Dr Sarkodie enjoined all hospital directors to comply with the new directive of having holding bays.
He also urged individuals to create rooms at home to isolate suspected patients and in the case of escalation have transportation arranged immediately to the nearest health centre.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana