More COVID-19 patients are expected to recover within the next three weeks, the Ghana Health Service ( GHS ) has assured the general public.
According to the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service ( GHS ) , Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye, the recoveries will involve patients who are without underlying health conditions.
Speaking at a bi-weekly press briefing on the national COVID-19 update in Accra yesterday, he said research had shown that most infected persons without underlying health conditions recovered after three weeks if health care and medication were administered on time.That, Dr Aboagye explained, accounted for the many spontaneous recoveries recently.
The Head of Disease Surveillance at the GHS, Dr Franklyn Asiedu Bekoe, said investigations into the Obuasi and Tema case hikes had proven that preventive protocols, such as social distancing and wearing of face masks, were not adhered to.
Other factors included the lack of treatment and isolation centres at Obuasi despite it being a densely populated area.
Consequently, he said, efforts were being made by the government to provide those centres with the facilities.
As part of measures to break mass transmission of the virus, the Director-General said the government had begun a mass voluntary testing of high risk populations, such as taxi drivers and food vendors.
Dr Bekoe said enhanced contact tracing had also started in high risk communities in Obuasi and its environs.
“We are going to carry out enhanced contact tracing in the very high-risk areas. Obuasi has very densely populated areas like the central market, Anyinam and Wawaso. That is a way of trying to address surveillance and contact management in Obuasi,” he said.
According to Dr Bekoe, 72 per cent of all cases recorded in the area occurred within four days — April 21 to April 25, 2020.
A trader, who has since been identified, is said to have infected 17 people.
“Obuasi is one area where population density is high. Although AngloGold Ashanti has a prominent hospital, they did not have a treatment facility. Many people do not also wear face mask, neither do they have a holding facility,” he said.
On the situation in Tema, Dr Bekoe said an additional 162 staff at a fish-processing factory in the industrial town tested positive for the corona virus disease, bringing the total number of infections at the facility to 695, from a total of 1,300 tested.
And out of the 695 who were infected at the factory, 624 representing 95 per cent had since tested negative for their first test after treatment and were awaiting their second test results to be declared fully recovered.
Dr Bekoe said investigations showed that social distancing was not observed at various areas at the factory, such as the canteen and in the staff bus.
He said the lack of a hand cleaning facility close to its biometric clock-in devices was also identified as a factor in the spread of the disease.
Source: Daily Graphic