4 Ghanaian doctors dead, 150 infected with coronavirus
London, July 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-four Ghanaian medical doctors have died of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic while over 150 others including dentists have been confirmed positive for the virus. Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has lost four of its members to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
This was disclosed in a statement by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA)
The deceased medical doctors according to statement jointly signed by GMA President Dr Frank Ankobea and General Secretary Dr Justice Yankson, include Prof Jacob Plange-Rhule (Consultant Physician and former Rector Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons) who has, subsequently been buried.”
others are specialist Pediatrician and Medical Superintendent at the SDA Hospital, Kwadaso, in the Ashanti Region, Dr Harry Boateng; retired Orthopedic Surgeon Dr Emmanuel Twagireyesu, and Consultant Surgeon at the Trust Hospital in Accra, Dr Richard Kisser all lost their lives to the deadly virus.
The GMA noted that “in view of the unfortunate increasing trend of infections among health workers, all members are encouraged to strictly observe all Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocols that we all know very well and stay safe as we battle this pandemic together. Members should consciously ensure their safety at all times in the care of all patients regardless of the point of care.”
Meanwhile, a professor of Epidemiologist, Fred Newton Binka, has predicted that Ghana will hit the 50,000-mark in COVID-19 cases in no time.
He said this is as a result of the wanton disregard of the public to all the safety protocols in preventing the disease.
Ghana has so far recorded 20,085 cases of the virus since its outbreak on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
One hundred and twenty-two persons have lost their lives while 14,870 persons have beaten the disease.
But speaking on The Key Points on TV3/3FM on Saturday, July 3, Prof Binka says the country will be hitting 50,000 soon.
“The numbers are going to go up,” the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) said.
“This virus doesn’t have a leg. We all have gone through many in trying to slow it down [but] once people come together, they will distribute the virus and then we shall have more numbers.
“So there is no gainsaying that we are generating and creating these problems.”