COVID-19: Doctors and other health workers at KATH ICU asked to self-quarantine due to exposure

Majority of doctors and nurses working at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days following exposure to a COVID-19 case.

A memo from the Head of Directorate to the Medical Director of the facility and sighted by Citi News said the health workers asked to stay home were found to have had "high-risk exposure" to the case.

The directorate said the ICU will therefore not run at full capacity for the next 14 days due to the reduced number of staff.

"Most of our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Doctors and Nurses got exposed to Polytrauma patient on admission in the ICU who tested positive for COVID-19. The risk assess puts most of them at high-risk exposure and have self-quarantined for 14 days," the memo said.

KATH in the memo said in view of that, an urgent management meeting was held and the duty has been modified such that:

  1. The remaining Doctors will do cover for emergencies and obstetric cases only at NAKSA Theatre
  2. The ICU will not run at full capacity for 14 days