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General News of Friday, 17 April 2020


Coronavirus: Stop discriminating against recovered patients - Fred Drah

Fred Drah, a recovered coronavirus patient play videoFred Drah, a recovered coronavirus patient

One of the recovered patients of the deadly coronavirus disease, Mr. Fredrick Kwaku Drahhas underscored the need for Ghanaians to desist from stigmatising against persons who have recovered from the global pandemic.

Sharing his experience with the disease, the father of four said he has undergone treatment, recovered and back with his family but would encourage Ghanaians to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus.

Contracting the virus he disclosed was devastating for him.

The recovered patient said he has taken the precautionary measures given him seriously.

He commended the health professionals who took care of him rating them 95%.

The health workers he added were highly professional and dedicated to their work.

He recounted how he was rejected by people after he was discharged stressing that "the covid-19 is real. This virus is real. So please, try and obey the lockdown, social-distancing. Let us try and obey.”

A total of 50,719 persons have been tested with 641 being positive for COVID-19. The breakdown of the 641 positive cases are as follows: seventeen (17) have been treated, reverted to negative on repeat tests and discharged.

Furthermore, 66 have tested negative once and awaiting second test. This brings together a total of 83 cases that have been recovered / discharged. 548 cases have been categorised as mild disease and are on treatment, two (2) are categorized as moderate to severe cases, none in critical state currently and eight (8) have died.

The five (5) new cases were recorded in the following locations; one from Adenta Municipality and two (2) each from Ayawaso East and Ayawaso Central Municipalities. With the exception of one of the cases from Ayawaso East, all the new cases are asymptomatic. Contacts of the new cases are being listed for follow up.

Of the 641 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 268 were reported from two from the routine surveillance, 258 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers who were previously under mandatory quarantine in Accra and Tamale.

Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Western, Volta, Northern, North East, Upper East, and Upper West regions.