Ghana’s COVID-19 Case Management in the Ashanti Region is expected to receive a major boost as government plans to build a bigger treatment facility.
COVID-19 treatment centres in the Ashanti Region as of June 17 were full due to the increasing number of cases in the Ashanti Region.
Speaking on the subject, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye said a facility similar to the Ga East Municipal Hospital will soon be set up in the Region to enhance capacity.
“We are also on the ground and there have been moves to expand already and work is going on to expand spaces in Kumasi South. We have new beds in Suntreso South that we are going to use. But there are plans to create a bigger centre, a one-stop shop like Ga East where we can have the cases done.”
COVID-19 treatment centres in the Ashanti Region are distressed as they are forced to turn away positive COVID-19 patients because they are unable to contain any new patients.
Meanwhile, admissions are expected to begin at the new COVID-19 treatment centre at the Kumasi South Hospital on Monday.
The addition of 20-beds will increase the facility’s current 21-beds capacity to 41 making it the biggest treatment centre in the Ashanti Region.
Medical Superintendent of the Kumasi South Hospital, Dr Ofori Boadu speaking to the media, said additional equipment is being procured to resource the centre.
The expansion works come days after Regional Health Directorate announced that all treatment centres at the Komfo Anokye and Kumasi South Hospitals are full.
The Ashanti Region has recorded the second-highest COVID-19 infections in Ghana with 2,364 cases out of which 97 are healthcare personnel.
Health officials in the Ashanti Region are worried over the disregard for the COVID-19 safety protocols by residents.
Ashanti Regional Director of Health, Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, warns there could be an increase in Covid-19 related deaths if the public continues to flout the protocols.