The Ghana Health Service has disclosed that the delta variant is accounting for a significant portion of new COVID-19 cases being recorded in the country.
Speaking at a press engagement in Accra, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye indicated that there has been swell up of cases in Bono, Bono East, and Volta Regions, making these areas the new hotspots in the country amidst the third wave of the virus.
Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye also shed some light on the enhanced testing regime in place at the Kotoka International Airport, the country’s main point of entry in a bid by health authorities to limit the importation of the deadly variant into the country.
“ Due to the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases over the past weeks and with a significant amount of cases being dominated by the Delta variant, we have intensified our testing regime at the airport to stem the tide of cases being imported into the country via the Kotoka International Airport, our biggest point of entry. We have put in place stringent measures which include health status declaration forms which are to be filled by persons arriving in Ghana, indicating the places visited in the last 2 weeks before traveling to the country. We also have adequate medical personnel who conduct tests to check the Covid status of all arrivals at the airport and take appropriate decisions like designating quarantine centers and procedures for persons who turn out positive for the virus to be monitored and treated accordingly”.
Also, Dr. Kuma Aboagye expressed concern about the widespread non-adherence to the existing safety protocols by the general public.
He emphasized the need for the relevant bodies in the country to undertake sustained public education on the dangers posed by the virus which is still lurking around .
“We have observed through our monitoring mechanisms that a sizeable portion of the general public are still not adhering to the established health protocols like the appropriate wearing of face masks, inadequate supply of handwashing equipment in public places, and also the 1-meter social distancing rule that must be observed in large social gatherings. These actions and behavior are contributing significantly to the sharp rise in active cases spread across the country, especially in the new hotspot regions of Volta, Bono, and Bono East. The dangers of the virus are still prevalent and as such the general public must exercise restraint and adhere strictly to the existing protocols in order to stem the sharp rise in new infections being recorded”.