Three units at Child Health Department of Korle bu shut down after a child died of COVID-19

Three units at the Child Health Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have been shut down after a child died of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The hospital closed down the Emergency, Neo-natal, Intensive Care and Pediatric units to tame a possible spread of the disease.

JoyNews reports that the boy was sent to the facility with an unknown ailment. At the early stages of his ailment, the deceased was said to have exhibited signs of rabies.

Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals.
Rabies is usually spread through an animal bite. Animals most likely to spread rabies include dogs and bats. Symptoms include fever, headache, excess salivation, muscle spasms, paralysis and mental confusion.

After the mother denied knowledge of the boy being bitten by a dog, the medical staff at the hospital took his sample for COVID-19 test.

According to the Accra-based-radio station, the coronavirus results of the little boy took a while to be made available. During the period of his admission at the hospital, he was put on a ventilator while awaiting his results.

At the time his results finally came in, the boy had passed on. The results showed the boy had tested positive for the virus.

All doctors and nurses who attended to the deceased have been quarantined, while all the three units at the Child Care Department of the facility have been shut down for disinfection.

Ghana’s coronavirus cases soar to 2, 074 with 17 deaths

The equipment in these units, according to sources are also being disinfected.

The little boy is among the 17 people to have died from coronavirus in Ghana. 212 others have also recovered from the disease, according to the Ghana Health Service’s (GHS) latest update on the virus.

Ghana’s COVID-19 cases hit 2,074 from the previous 1,671. This represents a whopping 403 increase in just two days.

The country recorded its first COVID-19 case on March 12, 2020.

So far, 12 out of the 16 regions across the country have recorded confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Out of the 2,074 cases, the Greater Accra Region has the highest number of cases with 1,795 cases. Ashanti Region comes second with 99 cases followed by the Eastern Region with 70 cases.

Check Regional COVID-19 breakdown below

Greater Accra Region – 1,795

Ashanti Region – 99

Eastern Region – 70

Central Region – 21

Oti Region – 19

Upper East Region – 19

Volta Region – 16

Northern Region – 13

Upper West Region – 10

Western Region – 9

North East Region – 2

Western North Region – 1




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