As part of measures to ensure the coronavirus pandemic does not spread in the country, security at the country’s border in Bono region has been strengthened to check new entrants.
Disclosing this at a press briefing in Sunyani Wednesday, Evelyn Ama Kumi Richrdson, regional minister, said ports of entry at Sampa in Jaman North, Kofibadukrom and Gonokrom all in Dormaa Municipality were to provide daily reports on passengers entering the country from Cote D’Ivoire.
She said so far no visitor had met the definition of a suspected case since the daily reporting started on 1st March this year.
‘’Although no case has been confirmed, the Regional Co-ordinating Council, Regional Security Council and the Regional Health Directorate have not rested on their oars in putting in place pragmatic measures to prevent or manage any case recorded in the region’’, the regional minister added.
Mrs Kumi Richardson added the Regional Public Health Emergency Management Committee had met to discuss strategies for the prevention and management of the pandemic in the region.
She said the security services and other enforcement and compliance agencies had also been tasked to ensure that the various directives including ban orders are adhered to by the general public. Mrs. Kumi Richardson expressed optimism that the people of the region would continue to be ‘’the excellent law-abiding citizens that they have always been to curb spread’’.
She called on them to strictly adhere to the advisories issued by the President in the resolve to curb the tide of future infections and outbreak.
Facility’s readiness to combat Coronavirus
Dr. Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Amponsah, Medical director of the regional hospital also addressing the presser noted the facility’s readiness to rally behind the government’s directives in the fight against coronavirus, which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
The medical director of the hospital, indicated the directives of the government were being adhered to ensure the safety of staff and patients.
“Before a client accesses the facility, he or she must wash the hands properly under running water and sanitize them as well” he said.
He added that ‘’the interval between staff and patients is one-to-two meters in order not to infect the other in case one of them is a carrier’’.
Dr. Amponsah said the facility had set aside two holding rooms where suspected cases would be kept till test results prove either positive or negative. This he said has become necessary because they assume clients who access the facility are coronavirus positive until proven otherwise.
He then called on the general public to practice frequent hand washing at least every 30 minutes.