Ga East Hospital refuses to treat 2 Nigeriens who tested positive for coronavirus

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The Ga East Municipal Hospital has refused treatment for two Nigeriens who tested positive for Coronavirus.

According to the hospital, the foreign nationals failed to cooperate with authorities for treatment.

The two, however, have been secluded in a police facility as a “matter of necessity”, a press release from the police read.

A press release stated that “The two Nigeriens who tested positive to COVID-19 and were transferred from a Police holding facility of the Accra District Police to the National Treatment Centre have been returned to the Police facility as a matter of necessity, to enable health officials to manage them. The two refused to submit to treatment at the national treatment centre, making their management difficult, thus their return.”

The said Nigerians were arrested on April 5, 2020 after they could not give justifiable reasons for their movement following the lockdown directive by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to Citi News, further investigations by police triggered a medical test on them at the Ridge Hospital whose result came back on April 13, 2020.

The Ghana Police Service said its officers will not have any form of contacts with the two Nigeriens as the medical team of the police service is making the efforts “safeguard Police Officers and our facility.”

The public is reminded to continue to cooperate with the Police and Security Services to help curb the spread of the COVID-19. Stay home and stay safe, as we keep the frontline,” the police added.

The police revealed government is in talks with the Nigerian Ambassador in Ghana on how best to deal with the situation.

Also, government is unclear whether repatriation will be an immediate solution.

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