The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is asking stakeholders to direct their attention to the active cases of COVID-19 and not cumulative cases to ensure that people have faith in the fight against the pandemic.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information press briefing in Accra on Sunday, the GHS Boss Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye noted that “we normally don’t focus on the cumulative positive count because the majority of them have already recovered. But the more important indicator is the active cases. In Ghana today the active case trend is declining and this is very good news. Our target is to keep it declining”.
GHS Boss Dr Patrick Aboagye noted that the high recovery rates among COVID-19 patients being recorded should change the conversations around the virus and be directed on the decreasing trend of active cases in the country.
According to him, the country’s declining active cases compared to other countries in the region indicate that when Ghanaians continue to observe the safety protocols, Ghana can overcome the virus soon.
So for all those who have become positive, we take out the number who have recovered or discharged and dead, and the rest is the active cases.
“That is what most countries depend on because that is what it is going to be the case burden. That is the challenge you face not the people who have recovered. In Ghana where the death rate is quite low, for example where we have about 0.654% death rate, it means that recoveries plays an active role in that because the recoveries to are high which play an active role in what we do” he said.
He further indicated that in analyzing whether the government is doing well in the fight against the virus in the country, there is the need to compare the country’s active cases against its confirmed cases.
“The rate of growth of your active case versus your confirmed cases is very important. So for example, if your number of active cases are growing faster, than your confirmed cases, it means that you are on your way to recovery. If it is the reverse, it means that you may have an increase but if you don’t have recovery at all it means that your number of the burden will continue to rise.”
However, he mentioned since Ghana’s active cases are on the decline relative to the confirmed cases, government’s strategies in eradicating the virus are paying off and that is commendable.
By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com