The Coronavirus outbreak ravaging parts of Asia and other parts of the world seems set to enter Africa via Ghana. That is if the two suspected cases at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra are confirmed to be the Coronavirus. The duo were said to have shown symptoms for the virus.
This was revealed by the Greater Accra Divisional Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr Winifred Baah. He said the patients are a Chinese and an Argentine who have been living together in Ghana for some days.
Outbreak from the Coronavirus has affected almost 30,000 people and killed almost a thousand mostly in China where it originated.
The two suspected patients in Ghana were immediately isolated at the facility while blood samples taken have been sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), for further analysis.
The Chinese is said to have left his country to Ghana in September, while the Argentine also spent some time in Shanghai back in September 2019 before moving to Ghana in January.
“They’ve all developed some symptoms that fit the case definition [but] it doesn’t mean they have the disease,” Dr Baah noted.
Ghanaians in China have also called for immediate evacuation in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The government itself has allocated GHC25 million ($456,204.38) to respond to the coronavirus outbreak globally.
The Ghanaian government through its Embassy in China, has given out 50,000 RMB (estimated to be around GHC 39,500.05), to the China Chapter of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS-China) to help the affected students especially those in the virus-stricken city of Wuhan in Hubei province to buy food and medical supplies.