An insane woman at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital has tested posted positive for coronavirus, can report.

It is said that the woman was admitted on the 20th day of April 2020 of which she later showed the symptoms of the deadly virus few days after she was admitted.

The yet-to-be identified woman later was confirmed positive after her test result was produced on April 27,2020.

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The Chief Executive of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwesi Osei opined that his outfit had a difficult time trying to get the patient to be admitted in a COVID-19 treatment centre.

He said the municipal authorities, who had to approve the patient’s transfer to a treatment centre, refused to do so. He explained this was simply because she was mentally ill.

Before you transfer a patient from your facility to a treatment centre, you need to go through your district or medical directorate. They need to come in and look at that and approve. So when they were invited, they came, but they said ‘no’ because she is a psychiatric patient and they can’t handle the patient there.

“Meanwhile, every health worker has been given some basic knowledge in mental health care. This is purely an act of discrimination. Eventually, we needed to seek the intervention of the Chief Director at the Ministry of Health before the patient was admitted to the treatment centre,” Dr Osei lamented.

Biting on the 110 person in isolation which includes doctors and nurses,he said their samples are already taken for testing.

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