Some 43 contacts traced in the Tema Metropolis in the contact tracing exercise by the government have tested negative to the virus, Tema Metropolitan Health Directorate revealed on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press briefing organised by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Dr Sally Quartey, Tema Metropolitan Director of Ghana Health Service, said 46 persons were named as contacts out of which 43 had been successfully traced, and tested negative, adding that the remaining three were being traced.
Dr Quartey indicated that three persons were tested positive in Tema explaining, however, that under the protocols if a person tested positive outside his or her district of residence, they were counted under their district and not the district that the sample was collected at.
In that light, she said out of the three, one did not belong to the Tema Metropolis, thus the area official had two positive cases out of which one had fully recovered and one was responding to treatment, noting that Tema General Hospital, which is one of the national treatment centres, is holding some patients accordingly.
She said contact tracing is not a one-off thing, therefore, the Metropolis’ eight contact tracing teams were still working to locate the remaining three and any other contact that might be mentioned, adding that the tracing used to be centralised until last week when the districts were tasked to do it.
Touching on the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the health workers in the Metropolis, she appealed to organisations to help her outfit get adequate full PPEs made up of the coverall, gloves, face masks, head covers, goggles, face shade, shoe covers, among others to ensure that the health workers would be properly dressed to attend to cases and suspected ones.
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