General secretary of the GMA, Dr Justice Yankson, said adherence to regulations are pivotal to avoid an increase in Covid-19 cases. 
Photo: ghanamedassoc.org
General secretary of the GMA, Dr Justice Yankson, said adherence to regulations are pivotal to avoid an increase in Covid-19 cases. Photo: ghanamedassoc.org

Ghana fears Covid-19 cases could spike if regulations are ignored

By Robin-Lee Francke Time of article published Jun 10, 2020

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CAPE TOWN - Ghana could see an increase in Covid-19 cases should citizens fail to adhere to stringent measures to curb the spread of the virus, the general secretary of the Ghana Medical Association warned. 

GhanaWeb reported Dr Justice Yankson saying that should citizens "do their part", the country would continue to handle the virus better than many had. 

"Covid-19, as of now generally speaking, our numbers are going up. What is clear is that the recovery rate as far as Ghana is concerned is very impressive. “[If you look at the] death rate...at what we are doing, or the statistics compared to other neighbouring countries and even the world at large, we seem to have done so well," Yankson was quoted saying.  

The low number of coronavirus-related deaths in the east African country was an indication that case management was good, he said. "[O]ur case management team has done a real man’s job."

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has, to date, recorded 10, 201 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 3, 755 recoveries, and 48 deaths. 

According to real time data tracking site, Worldometers, the country of about 30 million people has conducted 239,395 tests for the virus. 

Yankson said that although Ghana was easing its lockdown restrictions, citizens should remain vigilant and adhere to safety protocols. This would help prevent a surge in infections, which would overwhelm health care facilities. 

"We are at a point where we have to be very careful as individuals and as a state - we need to take preventive measures very seriously,” he said. 

African News Agency

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