The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen OB Akwa has visited the Pentecost Convention Centre, a temporary isolation centre for the treatment of the Covid-19 on Thursday 30 April 2020.
The visit was for the CDS to inspect the facility and interact with medical staff and troops deployed at the centre.
Briefing the CDS, Rev Dr Nana Kwame Fredua-Agyeman, the Clinical coordinator for the center stated that the centre started receiving patients on the 23 April 2020. He added that the team of medical staff made up of 40 Doctors and Nurses received a week’s training on infection prevention practices and procedures at the Ga East Municipal Hospital in Kwabenya prior to being posted.
He said the centre is currently the country’s largest isolation centre receiving patients from different communities across Greater Accra Region, Central Region and its environs. The centre has a total of 247 patients made up of 115 males and 132 females. He revealed that according to the test conducted on the day of the visit, 44 patients who had tested positive prior to arrival at the center tested negative for the first test, therefore the need for a second test to confirm their status ahead of being discharged.
Rev Dr Fredua-Agyeman applauded the Military Personnel, National Security, BNI, Fire Service and the Emergency team deployed for their support at the center.
The CDS cheered the medical staff for the good work they were doing for the country. He, however, advised them to follow safety precautions in order to avoid being infected since they were the front-liners. He assured them of channeling their grievance to the appropriate authority and urged troops deployed there not to take the exercise as a mere guard duty but a duty that is in the interest of the nation.
The CDS was accompanied by the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Oppong Peprah, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) R/Adm Seth Amoama, Chief of Air Staff (CAS) AVM Frank Hanson, and the Chief of Staff (COS) at the General Headquarters, R/Adm IA Yakubu.