The Ahafo Regional Health Directorate has confirmed to the media that the region has recorded its maiden COVID-19 case.
Addressing journalists, the Regional Health Director, Dr. Boakye Boateng explained that the victim(name withheld) is an ambulance driver in one of the districts in the region who contracted the virus as a result of conveying a patient to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital(KATH) in Kumasi, capital of Ashanti Region.
According to the Regional Health Director, the victim then traveled to Accra and his sample was taken for test which resulted negative. When he retured to Ahafo Region, the Saint Elizabeth Hospital at Hwidiem in the Asutifi South District further took his sample again for second testing at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine(KCCR) and he was tested positve.
Dr. Boakye Boateng stated, because the sample was taken in the region and he also staying here means authomatically the case belongs to Ahafo.
He disclosed that currently the victim is stationed at the Government Hospital isolation centre at Goaso, capital of Ahafo Region. He added that contact tracing has began by health professionals to take samples for testing as well.
” There is cause of alarm because health professionals are in control of the case ” Dr. Boakye Boateng stated.
He continued urging Ahafo residents to keep adhering to all the protocols to avoid wide spread of the virus in the region.
Ahafo Region is the last to record COVID-19 case meaning now all 16 regions in Ghana have cases with Greater Accra having many cases.
Sammy Asare, Ahafo Hwidiem