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Ghana's covid 19 cases on the rise. Should we be worried?

According to the Ghana Health Service, Ghana has seen a rise in covid 19 occurrences as active cases stand at 1,261 and 338 deaths recorded.

This revelation was made known by the director of public health, Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, whilst talking on JoyNews' Super Morning Show on Monday. He noted that this rise in the number of cases is due to two factors; the reopening of the airports and the togetherness of people during Christmas and the new year. A month after the reopening of the airports, 47 imported cases were recorded. It then increased to 98, then to 126 and it now stands at 300.

With the celebrations during the festive season, he did not provide data to that effect but he believes the celebration was a factor. He added that there has been a number of cases recorded at workplaces but it's not significant compared to the other two factors. 

The country still undergoes contact tracing though there are some challenges affecting its effectiveness. He pointed out that covid 19 testings are done by both public and private sectors whose objectives are different. The objective of the private labs is to get tests done and hence sees contact tracing as an added service. The director stated that a meeting will be held with the private labs to solve the problems in the course of this week. 

According to Kwame Sarpong, who is a pharmacist, the reason for the rise in the number of cases is that Ghanaians are refusing to adhere to the covid 19 protocols. He also added that because testing is not liberal, people who show symptoms of the disease fails to report for testing due to financial constraints. He urged the authorities to modify their policies in the fight against the covid 19 viruses. 

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Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe Ghana Ghana Health Service JoyNews' Super Morning Show

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