Some 83 pharmacy students of the University of Ghana who have been quarantined on campus since one of their mates tested positive for coronavirus are complaining of neglect by health authorities handling the pandemic in Ghana.
According to the students, since they were put into isolation last week, there have been no provision of how they will feed or even obtain basic personal items for their upkeep.
Some of the students who spoke to Starrfm.com.gh Friday said there are times they have been pushed to come out and buy their own food or fall on friends to get them groceries.
“They have just neglected us, we are on our own. Recently, I had to go out and get food for myself which means I found myself among other students and that worries me a lot. But if we don’t do that, we actually can’t get food to eat.
“They say we should be indoors in our respective hostels until the 14-day period but how do we survive until then when there is no arrangement put in place to ensure that we can at least get something to eat and someone is really supervising this exercise, ” a worried student in quarantine told Starrfm.com.gh Friday.
Officials of the Ghana Health Service have declined calls to comment on the development.
Ghana, today recorded five more cases of the deadly COVID-19 disease bringing the total number of cases to 16.
The Ghana Health Service in an update said all five were reported from Greater Accra region.
The first is a 29-year-old Ghanaian lady resident of Accra with no history of travel. Sample taken from her confirmed positive in the laboratory.
The second is a 34-year-old Ghanaian lady resident of Accra who had contact of a confirmed case at her place of work.
Also, a 53-year-old Ghanaian male, resident of Tema with no history of travel, no evidence of close contact with a confirmed case. Samples confirmed positive in the laboratory.
A 41-year-old Ghanaian male who arrived in Ghana by KLM on the 15 March 2020; indicated exposure with family members in Amsterdam exhibiting respiratory symptoms and also on the flight with some passengers sneezing and coughing.
The fifth person is a 36-year-old Ghanaian male resident of Paris, France; date of arrival in Ghana unconfirmed with no evidence of contact with an infected person.
This brings to a total of sixteen (16) confirmed cases in Ghana, with no death.
The coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 246,777 people around the globe after doubling in less than two weeks.