The Kwahu West Municipal Assembly of the Eastern Region, has recorded its first three cases of the coronavirus pandemic.
This was announced by the chairman of the Municipal Public Health Emergency Committee and Chief Executive Officer of the Assembly, Hon. Lawyer Yaw Owusu Addo in an emergency press briefing section.
At the event, the Municipal Coordinating Director, Alhaji Issah Musah, who welcomed members of the media, stated that, the assembly has a responsibility to give accurate and reliable information to the public through the media and therefore expected the media to contribute in articulating that responsibility.
Addressing the press on the issue, Hon. Lawyer Yaw Owusu Addo indicated that, even though the public health officers in the municipality have done their very best towards the containment of the novel COVID-19 global pandemic, the assembly can confirm that it has recorded its first three cases.
“Just yesterday, the assembly unfortunately after putting in much efforts to resist any possible record of the disease, received the news from doctors per some sample tests at the Noguchi centre and the KCCR in Kumasi that three persons from our municipality have tested positive for the coronavirus disease” he said.
According to the MCE, two, out of the three persons who have tested positive for the disease were on admission at the Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital, whiles the other one person was also diagnosed at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
“Let me put on records that, two out of the three persons were on admission at the Holy Family Hospital here in Nkawkaw but tested positive after doctors took their samples for testing in Accra, whiles the other person also tested positive during treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi”* he added.
Hon. Owusu Addo further noted that, the three results confirm the Assembly’s campaign that, the warnings concerning the disease is serious and real.
He has also indicated that, due to the current situation, the assembly will from Friday May 22, 2020 strengthen the enforcement on face masks wearing and other preventive protocols to ensure that residents remain secured and safe.
Municipal Health Director for the assembly, Mrs. Celestine Asante told the press that, all the three persons were indigenes of Nkawkaw and live there.
According to the health director, the information on hands confirms that, most patients are asymptomatic and could infect a lot of persons on the hind side.
“Now we can believe that most patients are asymptomatic and therefore the people of Nkawkaw should be very careful. We have followed up on their contacts and have traced more than 250 persons already and still counting, meaning that the situation could be dangerous but we still believe that God will help us. Let me say also that the disease is highly transmitted and therefore people must focus on wearing the face masks” she said.
Mrs. Celestine Asante further indicated that, the epidemiology of the disease shows that, male infections are always higher than females. She has also cautioned that, persons with other co morbidities usually have worse situations and pleaded with residents to eat well.
“I will also take this opportunity to appeal to residents not to stigmatize affected persons in order to help bring the situation under control. I also want to announce to you that right after here the health directorate will begin sample taking of all the city authorities to ascertain their conditions, including the media” she added.
Answering the issue on weather there are enough isolation centres to quarantine those traced, Hon. Owusu Addo indicated that the assembly has made available such places since the outbreak of the pandemic and therefore assured that the situation is under control.