The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says Ghana recorded its highest confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on April 25 and has since seen a decline in the number of positive cases.
According to the Director-General, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, within the last one week, the country has consistently seen a reduction in the number of positive cases though it is not to say that Ghana was free of the virus.
Following an earlier assertion by the Director of Public Health of the GHS, Dr Badu Sarkodie last Tuesday that Ghana had reached its peak in terms of its infection rate; some members of the general public have since countered the claim raising concerns over the nature of the spread of the virus.
But in a reaction, Dr Kuma-Aboagye noted that “if you look at the data, we peaked on April 27 this year and since then, the numbers have continued to come down till the last update, which was yesterday (Wednesday) and we hope it remains so.”
“We wish we were able to test cases every day and be able to report on the positivity but we also have the opportunity to go back to see the day that samples were taken and how many were positive which actually gives us something similar to if we had done testing in real-time,” he explained.
Responding to whether or not Ghana will consider Madagascar’s herbal mixture for the treatment of COVID-19, the Director General said, the product will have to be subjected to further assessments by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to determine a possible use.
“I believe that a quantity might be made available to the country and we will ensure collaboration with FDA. They have to do some assessment and then we take it from there.”
“So, I will not be able to say whether it will be used or not. But I think they have made an offer and we can take a look at it,” he stated.
Furthermore, Dr Kuma-Aboagye indicated that the GHS was putting in place measures to facilitate the rapid distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers urging hospital management to ensure it “gets down to the last health worker.”
As of yesterday, Ghana had 3,019 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 303 recoveries and 18 deaths.
The Greater Accra Region remains the country’s epicenter with 2,579 cases followed by the Ashanti, 165, Eastern 95, Western North, 56 and Central, 50, in the first five regions with high cases.
Global COVID-19 confirmed cases have crossed three million as recoveries hit more than one million with about 260,000 deaths.
BY ABIGAIL ANNOH