At least 35 staff of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have been infected with COVID-19, available figures at the premier hospital indicate.

Sources at the hospital say over 70% of the new infections were acquired within the hospital with 30% of the infections coming from outside the health facility.

The hospital has since advised workers to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols to help contain the upsurge in cases.

“As healthcare workers, learn to live safely with coronavirus (COVID-19), it is our responsibility to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to another healthcare worker or family members,” a notice to hospital staff said.

COVID-19: Six-month-old baby among new cases in Ghana, says GHS

A new survey conducted by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said 18.1% of the current COVID-19 cases are among children between the ages of 0-15 years.

Briefing the media in Accra last Wednesday, the director-general of GHS Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said the service will deepen its vaccination drive to help contain the upsurge.

“Currently, of the Accra cases, about 18.1% on average are among children aged between 0-15 years, obviously these are unvaccinated children, so 18% of this number are in children.”

“So, if you look at the age distribution you can see that 0-5 is 3.8%, 6-10 years about 6.9% of the cases between May and June and then 11-15 years about 7.4%, so that together makes up the 18.1%” he said.

“The youth becomes a critical group that we need to take a look at, and because most of them cannot be vaccinated now, the protocol has to be stepped up. The youngest child who had was six months, the sibling came from school and infected the family including the baby, so that is the situation we have now,” Dr Kuma-Aboagye said.