COVID 19: GHS and Immigration to trace ‘Returnees’ in Western Region

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A team from the Ghana Health Service and the Immigration Service have begun processes to trace all persons that returned/entered the country from March 3rd to March 23rd this year. All returnees or visitors in the country who arrived within the stipulated time will be contacted by the team for examination and if possible take samples for laboratory test for coronavirus infection.

In that regard the Western Region have received instructions to embark on a district wide exercise to trace and examine all persons who had returned or visited the country over the past month.

Deputy Director of Health for the Western Region, Dr. Atsu Dodor told Skyy Power Fm’s Abraham Mensah that a meeting was carried out yesterday, to identify strategies for the effective execution of the exercise.

According to him, persons who have developed symptoms- “given that any infected person is likely to show symptoms of the disease after the 14 day incubation period”, could easily be identified, and the necessary protocols activated to contain a spread of the disease.

The team will be led by the Immigration Service in all districts identified for the exercise.

Over a hundred persons are expected to be contacted by the team in Effia Kwesimintsim Municipality, nine (9) in Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis, and a few cases scattered across the region.

The exercise, as emphasized by Dr. Atsu Dodor, is NOT A CONTACT TRACING of any infected person. He thus urged the public to remain calm and keep to their personal hygiene routine.

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