The Accra Technical University (ATU) has recorded its first case of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) just a week after universities were opened by the president.
The patient, a National Service Personnel with the academic department, is said to have tested positive for the disease on Sunday, June 21, after showing symptoms of fever, headache and runny nose.
A press statement dated Tuesday, June 23 and signed by the Acting Director of Public Relations, said six colleagues who came into contact with the affected person have had their samples taken for testing.
“The personnel reported to a medical facility in her neighbourhood after experiencing symptoms of fever, headache and runny nose. After Covid-19 tests were conducted, the result was communicated to the service personnel on Sunday, 21st June 2020.
“The said person is currently in isolation at a medical facility and responding well to treatment. Six colleagues who came into contact with the confirmed Covid-19 patient, have been counselled, re-assured and their samples were taken for laboratory testing,” the statement said.
It added that the contacts have been asked to self-isolate while waiting for the results of their tests.
“The University Medical team and the Safety and Health Committee are however in touch with the patient and contacts, to provide the needed medical and psychological support,” the statement added.
The statement also noted that the offices of the affected department and its environs would be fumigated while contact tracing continues.
“Members of the University Community are entreated to remain calm while adhering strictly to the published personal protection etiquettes,” the statement said.