Nine out of the 95 nurses that recently flew to on a two-year service contract have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
The Chief Medical Officer of Best Dos-Santos Public health Laboratory, Dr Kenneth George
disclosed on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at a press conference that the tests were conducted
on 248 persons out of which nine of the Ghanaian nurses came out positive
Importantly, 86 of these Ghanaians, nurses have tested negative to the deadly COVID-19.
This may be a reflection of the rate of infection of frontline workers in Ghana, with over 300
doctors and nurses reportedly infected with COVID-19. Several doctors and nurses have
also been killed by the disease.
According to Barbados officials, all of the nurse were showing no symptoms and “are likely
to be in the recovery phase”, with only one person’s indicators pointing to being in the acute phase. All the positively-tested nurses have since been isolated, officials say.
The nurses arrived in Barbados on Thursday, July 30, 2020, as part of a medical exchange
programme between the two countries.
These include 49 female and 46 male nurses.