COVID-19: "We Will Not Be Complacent Over Zero Or Low New Cases In 10 Regions" – Dr. Da Costa
The Leader of Risk Communication for the National COVID -19 response team, Dr. Da Costa Aboagye has noted that although there has been zero or low number of new cases recorded in 10 of the 16 regions in the country, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) will not be complacent on its work.
According to Dr. Da Costa, some regions like Upper East, Northern, North East, Oti, Western North, Savannah, and Ahafo Regions have either recorded zero new cases or low numbers of new cases as of today.
In an exclusive interview with ThinkNewsOnline on Saturday,Dr. Da Costa said "Upper East for example has not reported any new case for some time as reported by the Ghana Health Service daily updates. GHS will continue to strengthen measures to reduce community spread, contain the disease, and optimally manage confirmed cases in all regions across the country especially in those with predominantly high infections like Greater Accra, Ashanti Region, and Western Region"
Touching on the active cases, he argued that, there is a slight declining trend over the last few weeks, adding citizenry must continue to comply with the safety protocols so that Ghana's active case burden will continue to reduce.
"For example on 5 July 2020, the active cases were 5,129 but as of today, the active cases are 3,095. We must not be complacent of these figures but make sure the daily new cases in the areas of community spread reduce significantly. For example, how do we reduce the spread in Greater Accra and Ashanti Region to very low numbers per day to zero cases. We also have to find out why the cases are spreading in Greater Accra and Ashanti Region but some regions are recording zero or a low number of new cases" he explained.
He also revealed that the recovery rate continues to go up and currently stands at around 89% of the total cumulative cases
He said "Without losing our guard, we should continue to strictly adhere to safety measures such as the mandatory wearing of face mask, regular handwashing with soap under running water and frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer as these serve as our lifeline against COVID-19 infection"
According to the Ghana Health Service update, the active cases now stands at 3,095, with 27,801 recovery and 161 deaths.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith