One medical staff at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has died of Covid-19. Details of the deceased is scanty, but JoyNews has learnt the male worker, an allied health professional who until his death was head of the Head of Physiotherapy Unit at KATH died on July 12, 2020 aged 55.
Chief Executive of KATH, Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, revealed that 170 other staff have tested positive.
He, however, indicates 70 per cent of them have since recovered and are back to work.
The death of the radiographer adds to the public healthcare workers and high profile causalities, after the demise of Medical Director at the Kwadaso SDA Hospital.
One staff of KATH is reported currently to be on admission, with majority of them being managed from home. Dr. Oheneba Owusu-Danso will not give details of the deceased but says he is happy about the recovery rate of patients.
Two-hundred and 30 health workers have, as at July 10, 2020, tested positive for Covid-19 in the Ashanti Region.
Komfo Anokye Hospital accounts for over 2-thirds of the number, many of them being nurses and doctors.
Meanwhile, Dr. Owusu-Danso wants staff of the hospital to be more conscious of their safety in the face rising scarcity of PPEs.
As a first step, he urged them to use certified locally-manufactured face masks and other protective equipments.
The admonition comes as the Multimedia Group launches the #SavetheHealthWorker initiative to highlight the plight of caregivers.