200 ICU beds ready to contain critical Coronavirus cases – Oppong Nkrumah

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Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said up to 200 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds are ready across the country to admit patients who would be in critical condition of the COVID-19, MyNewsGh.com reports.

He said the number of available beds space was determined by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) after the President, Nana Akufo-Addo ordered an audit of the various hospital beds in the country in the wake of the contagion.

Ghana has so far recorded 136 cases of the virus, but none of the patients is in critical condition, per information by the GHS, and therefore would have no need for an ICU bed at the moment; the death toll stands at four (4) with one recovery.

Speaking with Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM on Friday morning, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah prayed that the number of patients who would ever need intensive care would never rise to the number of beds available, but added that should we get to that point, Ghana is adequately prepared.

The Ghana Health Service has said the majority of cases which has resulted in the sudden spike were recorded from persons who have been placed under mandatory quarantine after returning home from affected countries.

The number of confirmed cases among travelers under mandatory quarantine who have been tested is seventy-eight (78).

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