The Bono Regional COVID-19 Response Team has disclosed that 24 samples out of the 29 suspected COVID-19 cases in the Bono Region have tested negative with the remaining 5 cases awaiting results.
According to the team, the test results of the sample of the 24 cases from the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) were negative while the remaining five are yet to be released.
Briefing the media about the COVID-19 situation in the region, the Deputy Bono Regional Director of Health, Dr John Ekow Otoo called on Ghanaians to neglect rumours about the positive cases of the disease in the region.
According to him, there has not been any positive case recorded in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.
He explained that the Ghana Immigration Service together with the response team has been working assiduously to ensure that people who used unapproved routes to enter the country from neighbouring La Cote d' Ivoire were tracked for the necessary actions.
Dr Otoo further urged residents of towns located near the Ghana-La Cote d'Ivoire borders to be alert and report persons who enter and may attempt to enter the country through unapproved routes to the security agencies.
"We are in this fight together and that is why it is necessary for all Ghanaians to play their roles for us to achieve our aim of stopping the spread of COVID-19 ", he stated.
The Bono Regional Director of Health, Dr Kofi Issah explained that persons suspected to contract the virus and hence had their samples taken for testing were made to undergo self-quarantine at their homes and some health facilities to observe all protocols while they await their test results.
He indicated that the suspected victims were still undergoing self-quarantine for further observation for the next 14 days despite the 24 suspected cases testing negative.
Dr Issah appealed to residents of the various communities to avoid stigmatizing people who were suspected to have contracted the disease.
Adding that, with the COVID-19 pandemic, all Ghanaians were at risk of contracting the disease.
Dr Issah explained that the region is making preparations should there be any positive case recorded in the region.
"The Sunyani Regional Hospital and other health facilities are ready", he stated
Call on the media to intensify education on COVID-19
The Regional Director of Health expressed his concern about the poor response from the public to adhere to the outlined safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
Dr Issah, therefore, appealed to the media to continue with the Ghana Health Service to intensify education on the disease to stop further spread of COVID-19 to the various communities.
He said it was unfortunate that some people were not adhering to the social distancing protocol while others were not washing their hands with soap notwithstanding the numerous educational programmes to teach them about proper handwashing processes.