The medical team at the El Wak Isolation and Treatment Centre on June 3, 2020 successfully conducted a caesarean section on a 39-year-old coronavirus patient.
This is the first of its kind to have taken place at the Ghana Armed Force El Wak Level 2 COVID-19 Isolation and treatment Centre.
A member of the medical team revealed that the operation was successful adding that there was no increased risk to the patient in regards to the procedure so far.
In an interview with Joynews, Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Lt Col. Agyare-Gyan said, “There is no increased risk to the patient with respect to the procedure but there are some unknowns. But for the mother we don’t expect anything different from what the baseline risk is for patients who have had caesarean sections,” he disclosed before the commencement of the surgery.
“It went as planned. There was actually no aberration from the normal. Of course, being a first-timer, she was a bit anxious in the beginning but generally, she was calm all the way through,” he said.
As it is usually with new mothers upon the first sight of their baby, this patient, according to Lt Col. Agyare-Gyan, also could not hide her excitement adding that “she was quite happy when she heard the baby cry.”
The Centre has been managing and treating two pregnant women at the isolation for some time now.
Major Kwamena Tenteh who is the Clinical psychologist at the Isolation and Treatment Centre at El Wak said the expectant quizzed the staff what would happen to her and her baby after the surgery.
She is reported to have questioned “what happens to me, what happens to my baby, what are people thinking about me, what will be the outcome; will my baby be positive or negative?’’
However, after about an hour, the surgery came to a successful end; a proud member of the team, Lt Col. Agyare-Gyan, revealed.
“Baby is actually very well, came out breathing, kicking and screaming so he doesn’t need anything special,” remarked Lt. Col Agyare-Gyan.