A high alert for COVID-19 has been raised at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) on the back of rising cases among staff and patients. An internal memo has been written indicating a resurgence in cases from 3 on September 11 to 45 on September 23, 2022.
The memo issued by the medical directorate of the KBTH said “surveillance data from the Public Health Unit of the Hospital indicate that from the week ending 11th September 2022 to the week ending 23rd September, 2022, the number of confirmed COVID-l9 cases has risen from 3 to 45”.
The alarming trend has caused hospital authorities to conduct a mop-up exercise for COVID-19 vaccination in all Units, Directorates, and Departments in the Hospital.
The memo continues that “a static team has also been set up at the Public Health Event Park for the same exercise within the period and beyond. Whilst Management is encouraging staff and patients to take advantage of this mop-up exercise to get fully vaccinated and to have boosters as well, we also recommend that all Heads of UDSs ensure that staff, patients and relatives adhere strictly to COVID -19 protocols at all entry points to OPDs, wards, offices and waiting areas within their buildings/structures”.
It reminded staff and patients to strictly observe all the COVID-19 protocols, including the wearing of facemasks, social/physical distancing of at least 2 meters, hand hygiene (handwashing/alcohol hand-rubbing), and prompt isolation and testing of suspected cases.