COVID-19: Health minister paints gloomy picture


The Minister for Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu, has painted a very gloomy picture of the coronavirus situation in the country. Admitting that the Ghanaian health system is weak, Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu said Ghanaians should expect more confirmed cases of the disease in the coming days.

Already, Ghana has recorded 16 confirmed cases of the disease as of Friday morning [March 20, 2020]. And for the first time, localised infections have been recorded in the country in 3 of the 16 confirmed cases. This means that, the 3 victims never traveled outside of Ghana and contracted the disease as a result. Rather, they got the disease right here in the country.

Reports said the question as to where they got it from, remains unanswered as they were not know to have had any contact with the victims of the confirmed cases.

Making public the new tally, the Health Minister disclosed that about six hundred (600) contacts have been traced so far. On the strength of that revelation, Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu said there’ll be more confirmed cases of the disease.

Also, Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu lamented the weak nature of the health system in the country.

The minister did not shy away from admitting that, if the number of cases rises in the coming days, the county’s health system will be overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, the National Identification Authority (NIA) is still going ahead with its Ghana card registration exercise in the Eastern Region, in spite a court injunction and a call by the Ghana Medical Association to stop the exercise immediately.

Also, rumours have it that the government is suppressing the number of confirmed cases in the country so as no to cause fear and panic.

By a writer


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