Health Minister, Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu has confirmed that a quarantine centre has been established to serve as a centre for quarantining persons with suspected coronavirus infection.
The Minister refused to mention the place where the quarantine centre has been established to avoid fear and for the purpose of security among citizens.
Nigeria and Senegal are the only West African nations to confirm a case each of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Addressing the media at a press conference in Accra after his engagement with parliament on the same to ensure the country’s preparedness against COVID-19, he said,’’ Another remotely located 100-bed capacity facility is being secured for the purpose of quarantine for affected persons and this will be ready for use in two weeks.’’
Authorities have confirmed more than 92,000 cases of the virus worldwide of which more than 80,000 are in China. More than 3,000 people have died globally, the vast majority in China.
New infections and deaths have been declining in recent weeks in China due to draconian quarantine measures. The country on Wednesday reported 38 more deaths but a fall in fresh cases for a third consecutive day.
President Nana Akufo-Addo visited the Kotoka International Airport, the Ridge Hospital and the Tema General Hospital to inspect work done so far in preparation for the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 in Ghana.
It follows assurances from health officials that Ghana is prepared for any suspected or confirmed case of the virus.
The President’s interacted with health officials and others assigned to fight the outbreak and spread of the virus in Ghana.
Following the outbreak, the Ministry of Health designated the Ridge Hospital and the Tema General Hospital as centres to manage possible cases in the country.
It said the move is part of Ghana’s plans to prevent and control any case that may be detected in the country and ultimately protect the population.