Some Midwives, Nurses and Doctors who came into close contact with the confirmed COVID-19 patient at the Bolgatanga hospital have been put on quarantine.
The patient, a pregnant woman who first visited the maternity unit of the hospital is currently under care at the hospital, health officials say.
An undisclosed number of staff of the hospital who came into close contact with the patient have also been asked to self-quarantine pending further investigations to determine their status.
Acting Medical Director of the Bolgatanga hospital Dr. Samuel Aborah told news men all patients who visited the facility with respiratory tract infection would be tested for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the maternity block of the hospital which houses the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Labour, Obstetric and Gynaecological (O and G) wards and theatre have been closed for two weeks for a disinfection exercise following the confirmation of the first case there. Patients at the ward who are in stable conditions have been discharged while those in unstable conditions have been referred to other facilities in the region.
Dr. Aborah announced more measures being undertaken by management of the hospital which includes decongesting of the wards by ensuring reduction in admissions to wards while elective surgeries have also been suspended.