COVID infections in Ghana alarming, dire – GMA

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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has described the rate of COVID-19 infections in Ghana as “alarming and dire”.

According to the GMA, there is the need for increased public awareness campaign and strict adherence to prevention protocols in order to stem the tide of infections in the country.

In a statement, the GMA attributed the increasing case count to a two main factors as follows:

1. The total disregard for, and the lack of enforcement of all relevant COVID-19 preventive protocols throughout the country and

2. Importation of cases from other countries via travellers arriving at the point (s) of entry.

“The COVID-19 situation in the country is alarming and dire at this particular moment. The risk of potential exponential rise in the number of cases cannot be discounted. The various major health facilities (especially in the Accra Metropolis) involved in the management of moderate, severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients are overstretched,” the statement said.

The GMA is therefore calling for testing to be made free or relatively cheaper for Ghanaians.

“The GMA calls for an urgent scale up of COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing for all positive cases as well as strict isolation and management of all infected persons to help break the chain of transmission,” they said.

They added that COVID-19 testing should be made free or relatively cheaper for the ordinary Ghanaian who needs testing as a result of direct exposure or when symptomatic for COVID-19.

“Furthermore, there should be government led free mass testing in all identified COVID-19 hot spots. The GMA believes these will help address the current short falls in our testing and contact tracing regimes,” GMA said.

Ghana has recorded 175 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the number of active cases to 1,404.

The total cumulative case count as of January 11 stands at 56,982 with 55, 236 recoveries.

However, the total number of deaths have increased to 341 from 338 after three more people succumbed to the deadly virus.

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