The Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service Dr Badu Sarkodie has indicated that Ghana is not ‘off the hook’ with the spread of COVID-19.
He further stressed that once a test proves positive, contact tracing begins to ensure that people do not show symptoms before being tested.
Dr. Sarkodie also stated that even though the country recorded its single largest number of positive cases on April 25, that is no guarantee that the will be no upsurge in cases.
He explained that a graph plotted on Ghana’s case counts gave this finding when testing backlogs were being cleared.
He was making an analysis of the graph at the Ministry of Information’s press briefing earlier today.
Dr Sarkodie, however, noted that based on the data available, the country is not expecting to record such quantum of large cases in a single day.
“If that assumption will come to pass it depends on how the masses observe the preventive etiquette,” he said.
Speaking further, he explained that “the first two samples were taken on the 10th of march and they became positive. It was a build-up getting to the end of April and then we have been coming down gradually. That’s what we meant by being peaked.”
“This is not saying Ghana is off the hook yet. The woes are not off. To maintain this and rather come down, we need to adhere to the various preventive etiquette that has been spelt out quite a number of times,” he added.
Dr Sarkodie earlier said data on Ghana’s rate of COVID-19 infections showed case count has peaked because rate of infection was yet to decline, but would only happen if preventive, precautionary and hygienic protocols for the virus were adhered to.
“We are not off the hook yet but if we continue the way we are doing now, adhering to various social distancing, individual preventive and precautionary measures will let us come down from where we are,” he noted.
He explained that “because Ghana started aggressive and enhanced contact tracing early, for instance, testing a lot of people who are not even showing symptoms, only few of them tested positive for virus from large pool of samples”.
Story by: Stella Dziedzorm | universnewsroom.com