Panic as doctors flee hospital with 2 suspected coronavirus cases

Panic as doctors flee hospital with 2 suspected coronavirus cases

- Two people reported to hospital in Ghana with suspected coronavirus infections

- The Chinese and Argentine nationals were quarantined before they were tested and discovered to be negative for the virus

- However, doctors at the biggest referral hospital fled the facility when the patients where brought in

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Chaos broke out at Ghana’s biggest hospital, Korle Bu on Wednesday when two foreigners suspected to have the deadly coronavirus reported to the facility.

According to the head of the Public Health Department at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Philip Amoo, the pandemonium was as a result of the lack of a well-resourced holding bay.

He told Accra-based Joy FM that the lack of the holding bay caused chaos among doctors of the facility.

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When the two suspected cases of coronavirus were reported at the facility, all the doctors fled.

He told Joy FM that some doctors on duty even began to flee the health facility for fear of getting infected.

Yesterday I saw something very funny,”
“There is something we call malicious panic: panic that is not founded on anything. Just people [doctors] want to go home… it’s sad. This one will shout, ‘Hey I have little children’… and disappear from the scene. That is the reason why as soon as the epidemic thing steps in into the environment, the case needed to be moved away quickly from routine sites,” he explained the actions by the doctors.

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Meanwhile, the two people have been quarantined and their blood samples have been taken and sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) for further analysis.

The results have since come back as negative.

There are 24 300 confirmed coronavirus cases and 490 deaths in mainland China.

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