9 Ghanaian nurses reportedly test positive for COVID-19 in Barbados

Health officials at Barbados has revealed that, 9 out of the 95 Ghanaian nurses who arrived in Bridgetown, the capital of the Caribbean nation on July 31,2020  have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has claimed at least 182 lives in Ghana so far.The nurses are in Barbados on a Two-year contract.

The Health official who confirmed the cases at a press conference yesterday, monitored by Talksafrica.com said COVID-19 tests were conducted on 248 persons of whom 9 Ghanaian nurses tested positive and the rest negative.

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Best Dos-Santos Public health Laboratory Dr Kenneth George stated that the nurses infected with the virus were asymptomatic of the virus and are likely to be in the recovery phase”, but with one person in the acute phase.

He added that everyone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus was immediately placed in isolation.

The Chief Medical Officer indicated that all the nurses went into 14-day quarantine immediately they arrived in the country.

Dr Kenneth George further advised those who attended the welcoming ceremony for the nurses at the Grantley Adams International Airport to isolate themselves to prevent a possible spread of the virus.

The Chief Medical Officer of Best Dos-Santos Public health Laboratory noted that the Barbados Ministry of Health would arrange for them to undergo coronavirus testing.

The Ghanaian nurses will be deployed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the geriatric hospitals and the polyclinics in Barbados after their quarantine.