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Opinions of Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Columnist: Sammy Gyamfi Esq.

Comrade Sammy Gyamfi writes on delay in updating GHS website

National Communication Officer of NDC, Sammy Gyamfi National Communication Officer of NDC, Sammy Gyamfi

Folks, Government reported a total of 1,042 COVID-19 positive cases on the Ghana Health Service website on the 13th of April (9 days ago) and subsequently changed it to 834, all in an effort to suppress data on our true COVID-19 situation, an incident which has been condemned by no less a person than the renowned Pathologist, Professor Agyemang Badu Akosa.

It is interesting to note, that the 1,042 figure has remained unchanged despite the fact that media stations like Joy FM, Class FM among others, reported newly recorded positive cases in the northern, Eastern and Ashanti regions, in their evening news bulletins yesterday.

Dr. Nsiah Asare (Presidential Advisor on Health) assured the nation on PM Express that the Ghana Health Service was going to update their website to reflect the new recorded positive cases by close day yesterday. Yet, that has not been done as we speak.

This undue delay in updating our positive cases is part of a deliberate attempt by government to suppress data on our true COVID-19 situation.

There is no gainsaying the fact that, the timely dissemination of information is critical to our collective fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with international best practice, we need daily updates directly from Testing Institutions and not government-controlled institutions on our COVID-19 situation as it pertains currently.

Ghanaians deserve better. People's lives matter more than political gains.

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