Former Health Minister under the erstwhile former President John Kufour’s regime Dr. Kweku Afriyie has opined the lifting of the lockdown in some parts of the country is justified and not surprising.
The increasing cases in Ghana he said are cumulative figures and should not necessarily have to be an argument for people to disagree with the lifting of the lockdown.
The public health physician and current MP for Sefwi Wiawso explained that Ghana has a projection and from the cases, we have recorded, we have not reached the exponential stage as reached by countries like Spain and the United States.
The legislator defended the president saying the decision was based on the data available.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, April 19, 2020, announced the suspension of the partial lockdown imposed on the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Areas effective today, Monday.
Assigning reasons to the lifting of the lockdown, he said the lifting was because of our ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons, enhancement of our capacity to test, expansion in the numbers of our treatment and isolation centres, and our better understanding of the dynamism of the virus.
The rest of the reasons are ramping up of our domestic capacity to produce our own personal protective equipment sanitisers and medicines, modest successes chalked at containing the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi and the severe impact on the poor and vulnerable.
He asked Ghanaians to remain calm because the situation was under control.
He opined the economic impact of the lockdown was severe and there was a possibility were hunger could have killed more Ghanaians than the deadly coronavirus.
To him, we have recorded mild cases of the COVID-19, a record he explained is difficult to attain.
He called on the public to adhere strictly to the safety measures including the ban on forms of social gatherings i.e parties, church activities, funerals, parties among others.
”The president cannot close economic activities because of COVID-19. He will reintroduce another lockdown when necessary. There is no need to fear and panic. We have the team of experts, to help manage our cases in Ghana. The president was well advised and factored a number of issues before lifting the lockdown,” he added.
Ghana has so far tested 68,591 samples with 1042 representing 1.52 % testing positive.
The results of these backlog of samples when released does not mean the number of new cases recorded on the day of the report.
Regions that have reported cases remain the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Eastern, Northern, Volta, Upper East, Upper West, Central, Western and North East regions.
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