The Upper East Regional Health Directorate has so far recorded 26 Covid-19 related deaths in the region since the first case of the virus was reported in April 2020. The Region had a cumulative total of 863 cases out of which 770 were treated and discharged.
As of February 11, the region had 67 active cases with 23 of them admitted at the treatment centre. Dr Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi said the major challenge was compliance in terms of proper use of face masks among members of the public. He said plans were underway to beef-up treatment centres across the Region to augment the only treatment centre at the Regional Hospital.
The Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga and the Navrongo Health Research Centre in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality are the designated centres for Covids-19 test. The two testing centres in the Region, he said, had improved the turnaround time for testing and plans are underway to Beef-up Treatment centres across Region. The District and Municipal Chief Executives, together with the District Health Management Teams, are working hard to establish treatment centres at every District.
He expressed concern about crowding at public places, such as markets as they sit close to each other in the market. Buyers also crowding without any adherence to the social distancing protocol. He admonished market queens to re-structure the markets to reduce the congestion.