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Politics of Tuesday, 12 May 2020


GHS lied about coronavirus peak – NDC COVID-19 team member

A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) COVID-19 team, Dr Grace Ayensu-Danquah has poured scorn on claims made by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) that the country’s coronavirus case has reached its peak.

According to her, the recent spike in the country’s case count suggests that Ghana is rather at its higher exponential rate and nowhere near flattening the disease and its infectious curve.

“As you can tell by the numbers not what people say but what we are looking at in terms of statistics, medical and the logistical and our scientifical issue of it is that the curve keeps going up,” she stated in an interview with GhanaWeb.

She indicated that “We haven’t reached the peak and the curve hasn’t flattened per the evidence on the ground. The numbers they are showing to us show that we haven’t reached the peak and it’s not my opinion... Since we lifted the lockdown, we were at a 1,062 to 2,000, 3000… now over 5,000”.

Dr Ayensu-Danquah alleged that the government’s communication and their posturing which suggests that they are on top of the pandemic is at variance with the reality on the ground.

Citing an example to buttress her claim, she stated that, “the policies do not seem to work because if the policies were working one person in Tema will not infect 500 people. That 500 people, we haven’t even finished tracing that 500 people’s contacts”.

She explained that being at the peak of a pandemic means the numbers remain the same then the curve flattens by recording decreasing numbers of the disease.

However, the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Badu Sarkodie announced that Ghana is at the peak of its coronavirus crisis.

He made this known at a press briefing on May 5, 2020, in Accra.

Earlier today Ghana’s case count reached 5,127. This was confirmed by Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Aboagye at a media briefing.

The Greater Accra region has recorded 89 new cases whilst the Ashanti region has 307 new cases. The Central region has also recorded 27 new cases with the Western and Volta regions recording 3 and 1 new cases respectively.

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