Dr Badu Sarkodie

Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie, has disclosed appropriate measures are currently in place to manage the Coronavirus should there be confirmed cases in Ghana.

 Giving an update on Covid 19, an official name for the virus from World Health Organisation, Dr Sarkodie revealed training was currently ongoing to equip medical staff with requisite skills to handle the virus should it rear its ugly head in Ghana.

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“We have ensured surveillance at all levels and points of entry; National, Regional and even districts to pick up the cases early and deal with them. We are using the needed surveillance apparatus to trace immediately,” he noted.

Furthermore, he disclosed at a press briefing on Thursday, February 13, 2020, that the surveillance staff are being trained on specimen collection, packaging, security, and how to handle specimen without spilling and infecting the environment.

“Surveillance training is very important to sharpen the skills of medical staff to help others without unduly placing themselves in undue risk,” he said.

Additionally, Dr Sarkodie revealed travelers to and from Hubei and Wuhan City in China would be quarantined for 14 days with about 2,500 people screened daily at the Kotoka International Airport.