Gh mortality and infection rate of COVID-19 is low—-Dr Oko-Boye
A Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Oko-Boye has disclosed that the country is currently having the lowest mortality rate from COVID-19 as compared to other countries worldwide.
Speaking in a Presentation ceremony of COVID-19 Medical Supplies from Embassy of China to Ministry Of Health on Friday in Accra, Dr Oko-Boye explained that Ghana has mortality rate of 0.4 per cent.
This means that only four people out of 1000 people who test positive for COVID-19 might die from the virus.
The situation, he stated was different from United Kingdom (UK) where 140 people representing 14 per cent
loss their lives from 1000 cases.
“If you go to Togo; with 1000 COVID-19 positive cases, 6.0 per cent which is 60 people will lose their lives, while in Italy 13 per cent lose their life from the ailment,” Dr Oko-Boye said.
He indicated that the achievement of Ghana was not just by an accident but about the effective measures that the government had put in place in aggressively testing and tracing people who might have come into contact with those tested positive for the virus.
Dr Oko-Boye maintained that the infection of the virus was also low as the rate stands at 3 per cent average.
This means that if one person with COVID-19 comes into contact with 100 people only three people will contract the virus, adding that the issue in Europe and North America were different as they are between10 to 15 per cent.
He urged the country not to be overwhelmed by the increased number of rate, saying that would rather reduce the risk of people contracting the virus.
In order to defeat the virus, Dr Oko-Boye urged the citizenry to allow government to build isolation centres in communities to address any COVID-19 case that might rise in the place.
Mr Charles Owiredu, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration called on the people to stop stigmatising people who have recovered from the deadly ailment.
He said they should include them in the society and show them love, stressing that all should come together in helping to contain the spread of the virus.
“Observe the social distancing and hygiene protocols. Wear your mask in overcrowded places to ensure your safety,” Mr Owiredu added.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE