Coronavirus: Ghana Health Service introduces hotlines for case management Seraphine Akua Dogbey
19 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: Ghana Health Service introduces hotlines for case management

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has intensified its preparation to tackle the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) by setting up a Call Center which will be open to the public enquiry.

The purpose of these two dedicated hotlines is to provide readily available information on all matters relating to the virus to the public all the time.

The Call Center which is hosted at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital is operated by trained health staff.

In a media release, the Ghana Health Service listed the numbers which should be called for education and every information on the disease.

However, they revealed that there are two dedicated lines for reporting suspected cases where such cases will be linked to the “Rapid Response Team (RRT) so that a dedicated ambulance can be dispatched to pick such a person to a treatment facility”.

This move is to prevent the spread of the virus while the infected person travels from their homes to a health facility to seek medical treatment.
The service entreated citizens to make good use of the hotlines when necessary to aid the fight against COVID-19.

Below are the numbers from the GHS:

General Enquiry: 0509497700 and 0558439868

Case Management/Surveillance hotlines: 0552222004 and 0552222005

After breaking out in Wuhan in China’s Hubei Province, the virus spread at a fast rate and the death tolls are ever-increasing.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common way coronaviruses spread is through respiratory droplets produced from coughs and sneezes.

Recently, two patients were suspected to have the deadly virus but tested negative after examination at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) in Ghana.

Following the breakout of the disease, many immigrants have returned home to avoid contracting the disease,

However, since January, 151 Ghanaian students in China have called upon the government to evacuate them back to their home country yet their request is yet to be made a reality.
This has sparked a lot of agitation on various social platforms as the debate for and against their request persists.



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