A COVID-19 patient has been delivered of a baby prematurely by doctors and nurses at the Tarkwa Apinto Hospital.
According to the team of doctors led by Dr. Frank Baidoe-Ansah, the baby was delivered through caesarean section.
After initial difficulties, Dr. Baidoe-Ansah said they “tried to use a vacuum to deliver the baby. It was not successful so eventually, we had to go to the theatre and do a caesarean section for her.”
“It has boosted the confidence level for me and the staff as well. We are also excited that we have been of help to the mother and the baby.”
The hospital is, however, awaiting results which will indicate whether or not the baby has contracted the virus.
The news of this delivery in Ghana comes amid tragic reports from South Africa that a two-day-old baby has died with coronavirus.
The Apinto Hospital has been managing COVID-19 cases for the past three weeks and currently has 20 patients undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Dr. Baidoe-Ansah added that the hospital was in dire need of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
“It [treating COVID-19 patients] requires a lot of logistics. PPE is a challenge for us. If you look at the amount of PPE the staff will use in a day, it is quite a big task for the hospital.”
“So we are appealing to corporate organization, to churches and other philanthropic organizations to come to our aid so we get enough PPE to treat these patients,” he added.
Source: ABC News