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The lockdown has worked, Akufo-Addo is right to move our coronavirus fight forward

Comment: I Bet The Figures Are Underestimated.

Author:
G. K. Berko
Date:
2020-04-20 19:28:13
Comment to:
The lockdown has worked, Akufo-Addo is right to mo


I strongly believe that these numbers that the Akufo-Addo Administration is basing its policy to relax the lock-down on are grossly under-counted.

Ghana never had a comprehensive or even adequate testing regime to fully account for all who might have been infected by the disease.

Moreover, the absence of any strict postmortem regulation by which all our dead could be examined to know what really killed them renders such claims even less reliable. Besides, family dignity among some of our Populations dampens any enthusiasm to be forthright with cause of death, if it seems to have some stigma attached to it. I draw this from lessons in the period that Aids was prevalent. Some Families obscured the real cause of certain deaths among them.

What most Experts and Experienced Epidemiologists advice is to not rush into any premature relaxation of the lock-down. If we do so, we risk causing a flare-up of the disease with more difficult means of curbing.

This is not the time for complacency. There is no doubt that the lock-down has contributed massively in limiting the ravages of the disease among us. We ought to continue for a little much longer, despite the Economic repercussions. Lives saved could well help to bring the Economy back. But the cost of death might not be recoverable.

Besides, it is not even clear what entity supplied the Data to the Government to be trusted. One thing I noticed in Ghana, all this period of lock-down, is the relative paucity of serious and experienced Social Scientists who could give most reliable dynamics of our Social interactions via which the disease could spread or linger on. We have all been speculating on that aspect of our Society from traditional point of view. We would need imperial vectors to substantiate any such speculation and guide us to safer ends.

Long Live Ghana!!!

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