Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye in a radio interview on Peace FM yesterday 19th April 2021, disclosed that Ghana has seen a very significant decline in the number of daily covid-19 infections recorded.
According to him, Ghana has recorded over 93,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic with 771 total recorded deaths. He also intimated that over 1.047 million covid-19 tests have been conducted by the government nationwide, with each test costing around USD50, implying that the cost so far for testing has been USD52.35 million.
Though Ghana has been battling a second wave of infections since January this year, the number of daily recorded cases has reached a record low of 46 as of 19th April. Of these 46 cases, 7 were recorded in the Volta Region of Ghana, the second highest number among all the regions. Greater Accra however recorded 27 cases, making it the highest among all the regions. The remaining 12 are spread across the remaining regions.
Though the recorded cases are declining, Dr Kuma Aboagye encouraged Ghanaians to continue adhering to the protocols put in place to manage the spread of the virus.
It is also important to note that since the beginning of March, Ghana has been implementing a mass vaccination program for citizens with the AstraZeneca vaccine made available through the Covax initiative. Though some people have refused to take the vaccine resulting in the expiration of unused vials, the country looks to be making strides to achieve herd immunity.
A consignment of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine is also expected to land in the country later this year as part of the government’s efforts to vaccinate 60% or more of the population.