Claim of Covid-19 infection peak in Ghana is a myth – KCCR Virologist

A virologist with the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) has said Ghana’s number of cases of the novel coronavirus cases in Ghana has not yet reached its peak.

Dr Micheal Owusu believes the idea in relation to Ghana’s situation is a myth which must be shelved at this point.

This revelation goes contrary to information presented to the Ghanaian populace by the Ghana Health Service.

At a press briefing on May 5, Director of Public Health for GHS, Dr Badu Sakordie sought to suggest that the infection curve, at the time when the case count stood at 2,719, had peaked.

Following that announcement, some publ犀利士 ic health experts challenged the Service’s position.

GHS subsequently released two graphs as data based on which their conclusions were made in order to drum home their point.

Source: Ghana Health Service

Director-General of GHS Dr Patrick Aboagye said, “we peaked around the 25 of April and since then the numbers have continued to come down until May 6.

“So that is showing that of the positivity, since peaking on April 2, we have consistently recorded a decline until today, May 7.”

Source: Ghana Health Service

Since this announcement, Ghana’s number of Covid-19 infections has shot up to 4,700 with 22 deaths and 474 recoveries as of May 11.

Speaking on OTEC FM’ Breakfast show Dubbed ‘Nyansapo’ on Monday May 10, 20202, the virologist and Lecturer for Theoretical and Applied Biology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) described the idea of Ghana reaching the peak of its Covid-19 infections as a myth.

“Once you peak you know that your health system will be overwhelmed and people will be rushing all over. They will require ICU management and we know that even when people have been put on ventilators,” Dr Owusu explained to the programme’s host Captain Koda.

He emphasised that: “We may want to gradually move from this – I don’t know whether to call it a myth – that we have peaked because even after we claimed to have peaked, look at the numbers we are recording. The interesting thing is that when we test, we find.”

The virologist also posited that this was not the time to be rest on our oars as she stressed the need for “heavy preventive measures as always recommended i.e the washing of hands and change in attitudes.”

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com

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