According to the Western Regional Health Director, Dr. Jacob Mahama, some 6 Senior High Schools and one Nursing training college in his region have recorded 56 cases of the locally transmitted coronavirus.
Dr. Jacob Mahama who disclosed this to Citi News said 309 samples were picked from seven institutions, which included the Asankragwa Nursing and Midwifery Training School, for testing.
According to the Western Regional Health Director, 56 of the tested samples were positive for coronavirus with about 139 others currently pending testing.
He raised concerns that the situation is disturbing as the Western region has 4,095 pending out of 14,000 total samples taken.
“Currently, we have 3019 samples taken from at least 6 Senior high Schools and the Asankragwa Nursing and Midwifery Training School. They have positive cases that amount to 56 positive cases” he explained
Dr. Jacob Mahama added that “149 are negatives and 139 are still pending. The school with the largest positives is Nsei SHS which has 26 positives out of 78 samples taken there”
He furthered that “Archbishop Porter Girls has 2 positives, Adiembra (2), St. John’s (1), Ahantaman (1), Shama SHS (18) and Asankragwa Nursing and Midwifery Training School (6). What we did was that we picked the contacts and samples to the laboratory”.
The Health Director when asked about second phase of disinfection of schools he said “We are yet to hear anything about disinfection of these schools,“.
Dr. Jacob Mahama responding to claims that some samples had been distroyed due to insufficient storage capacity said he was not aware of such incident adding that it could only happen in the districts and not the metropolis.
He noted that the Takoradi Veterinary Laboratory when presented with reagents can finish the pending samples withing 10 days, he disclosed that amid inadequate reagents the Laboratory is currently doing 150 samples a day instead of 300.
“I’m not aware of samples that have been destroyed. Not in our labs, maybe in the districts. As long as they are in the refrigerator, it cannot go bad or expire”. he said.
Dr. Jacob Mahama continued that “all that we know is that our fridges are full. What they do now is that they send some of the samples to KCCR or Accra. For instance, the samples we are taking from the SHS are sent straight to Accra for test. If we get the reagents and more staff, they can reduce the 4,000 backlog to an appreciable minimum within 10 days.”