Nyaho Medical Centre MD tests positive for coronavirus
Managing Director of Nyaho Medical Centre, Dr Elikem Tamaklo, has tested positive to coronavirus.
The doctor tested positive June 4 and has been isolated.
His family has been quarantined in line with coronavirus protocols spelt out by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
The managing director has said, he was “doing well”.
Reaching out to his staff in a video, Dr. Tamaklo condemned the stigmatisation of COVID-19 patients.
“The stigma that some have had to endure is unfair, unfounded and has no basis. Through no fault of their own, they have been exposed to an invisible threat, a virus, and now have to keep focused on their journey to recovery, for themselves, their families and their wider community,” he advised.
He cautioned the public to desist from flouting any of the COVID-19 protocols.
The Nyaho medical centre said Dr Elikem had been working from home, conducting virtual meetings with staff, since March 23.
The center believes their medical director could not have picked the virus from the health facility. It believes he was infected through community spread.
The hospital said Dr Tamaklo “was not physically present on the hospital premises, and thus, we can confirm that the exposure was from the community”.
Spokesperson for the health centre, Rita Agyeiwaa Rockson, explained that the “positive diagnosis has affected his family, but we are happy to say that they are all well”.
In view of the development, Dr Tamaklo will be taking a leave as Dr. Victoria Lokko, the Medical Director takes charge of the affairs of the clinic.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana, Nyaho Medical Centre rolled out a programme to test members of the public for the virus.
Airport branch was liaising the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) to carry out the test.
However, in the wake of the latest development, the testing services have been suspended until June 9.
The clinic is therefore not taking any samples until after the stipulated time.