Many concerns had been raised about how government and Ghana Health Service (GHS) are managing the COVID-19 pandemic in the country since the past weeks. This is as a result of increase in the number of positive cases recorded.
Groups like Occupy Ghana and Coalition if NGOs in Health had also raised concerns as well.
According to thd statement signed by the Director General of Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the GHS have noted the concerns released by the pressure groups and others, in good fate and that Ghanaians are closely monitoring and looking out for the interest of the nation in the fight of the pandemic but advised that such concerns are raised genuinely to seek explanations ti get better understanding of what the health sector is doing rather than impugning the Professional integrity of health workers.
To begin with, Dr Kuma-Aboagye addressed the issue of case count. He explained that the total numbers put out in the public domain represents cummulative figure of all cases recorded in the country since the first confirmed case on 12th March 2020. The statement said that, it is worth noting that in the last one week, 3 regions and 176 districts out of the 260 districts have not reported any new Covid-19 case.
Secondly, the release touched on Test and Laboratory. It said that, the lab is a strong pillar of Ghana's national response and that, they acknowledge that there were instances of delays in the release of results byt majority of them are delivered on time within 48hrs.
Furthermore, he touched on health workers. He said that their concern has been more on the appropriate be and consistent use of the PPEs by health workers according to the level of risk they are exposed to. The statement also said that "we believe there is a capacity gap here. In this regard, we are currently re-training health providers on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and most importantly be adherence to appropriate and consistent use of PPEs.
On the issue of discharge, the statement said that despite the stroong evidence from available peer review literature that suggested that most Covid-19 patients stop shedding the virus after two weeks, the GHS continue to use protocol of two consecutive negative tests before declaring anyone as recovered.
In conclusion, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service assured Ghanaians that the health of Ghanaians is their utmost concern and as such, the GHS will strive to ensure our safety at all times and make reafy available COVID-19 related information.
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