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Covid-19 forces the shutdown of SSNIT hospital, Osu

The Trust Hospital in Osu has been closed down for a fumigation exercise after some workers and staff  came into contact with two Covid-19 patients.

Sources within the facility say about 60 workers which  includes doctors, nurses, and other staff have been asked to go into self isolation while they await their test results from Noguchi.

The two patients who had been on admission at the hospital for over a week were later tested for Covid-19 when they started showing symptoms associated with the disease.

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Sources inform that, while one of the patients was in a private ward, the other shared a ward with several others, forcing the hospital  to quarantine everyone who may have come into contact during their period of admission.

Other Information reveals that two wards have been closed down and plans are in place to evacuate other patients from the hospital before the fumigation exercise scheduled for today, the 9th and of May and  May 10.

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With management facing challenges with the relocation exercise due to the inability of facilities like the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the Ridge Hospital to accept the patients, health workers whose samples were taken days ago have expressed worry about the delay in the release of their test results.

They are also unhappy about the unwillingness of the SSNIT Hospital to quarantine them instead of instructing them to self isolate at home.

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However, in its press release announcing the closure of the facility to the public, Management of the Trust Hospital said other branches of the hospital are still open for business.

The facility is also urging clients to call the telemedicine helpline to speak to a doctor or order a prescription medicine until work resumes on Monday May 11.