Authorities at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi have charged majority of its doctors and nurses working at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital to proceed on a 14-day self quarantine following their exposure to a COVID-19 case.
A memo from Head of Directorate and copied to he Medical Director of the facility and all Clinical Directorates said the health workers asked to stay home were found to have had “high-risk exposure” to the case.
Following the decision for the staff to self isolate, the hospital has indicated that the hospital’s ICU will in the next 14 days not operate at its full capacity.
“Most of our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Doctors and Nurses got exposed to Polytrauma patient on admission in the ICU who tested positive for COVID-19. The risk assess puts most of them at high-risk exposure and have self-quarantined for 14 days,” the memo said.
KATH in the memo said in view of that, an urgent management meeting was held and the duty has been modified such that:
- The remaining Doctors will do cover for emergencies and obstetric cases only at NAKSA Theatre
- The ICU will not run at full capacity for 14 days