he Northern Region Minister, Salifu Saeed, has revealed that government is facing difficulties in repatriating the ten foreign nationals who tested positive for Coronavirus to their countries.
The Ghana Health Service on Sunday, March 29 announced that the Northern Region capital of Tamale had recorded 10 cases of the novel infectious disease.
The cases, eight Guineans and two Burkinabes who traveled from Burkina Faso and Togo through unapproved routes to Ghana, had been kept under state mandatory quarantine since Saturday, March 28.
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in an interview on New Day on TV3 Monday revealed that government was preparing to repatriate the foreigners to their countries for treatment.
But speaking on Tamale-based television station Sagani, the Northern Regional Minister said, “Their countries are refusing to take them back”.
Some 36 health workers at the Tamale Teaching Hospital who came in contact with the patients have also been put on mandatory quarantine.
Meanwhile, one of the patients, a female has reportedly escaped.
The patient scaled the walls of the Guest House where they were under quarantine, the Minister revealed.
“The patient scaled the walls at the blind side of the security and escaped.”
The Security has commenced a manhunt for her.
Salifu Saeed, who is also Chairman of the Northern Regional Security Council, revealed that borders in the north are being patrolled by the military and other security agencies.