GHS reacts to claims of suppressing actual numbers of COVID-19 casualties

GHS reacts to claims of suppressing actual numbers of COVID-19 casualties

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Patrick Aboagye has rubbished claims made by one of the respected groups in the country, OccupyGhana, that the health service is massaging the death toll figures of COVID-19 patients.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, he emphatically stated that nobody is deliberately holding numbers and that due diligence is being done as the right processes are being followed to ensure figures churned out are representative of the actual situation on the ground.

He said,

“We have a system of testing and collating the numbers from the labs and also validated by districts who also have sent samples to the labs and that’s how we collate”.

Also, he highlighted the fact that the case management team monitor the regions and ascertain case counts and also their needs for logistics,  and based on their liaison with the regions it informs the hikes in case counts “as part of their report”.

 “Once a death is reported in a region, we have a national case management team that does audit, clinical conferencing with them to see what was the cause of death, how was it managed…as soon as that is done, they are added. So you may see a region reporting a certain number, but we are not only interested in the number”.

OccupyGhana’s Allegation

Meanwhile, OccupyGhana has conveyed their misgivings about the authenticity of the number of COVID-19 casualties being churned out by the Ghana Health Service. The group insists on several discrepancies found in the data collected and as such does not in a way reflect the true situation on the ground.

According to the group, there is some disparity between GHS figures on death count which stands at 45 and has every cause to believe that figures have been ‘massaged”.

In a statement sighted by Vaultz News, the group staunchly believed that data is being suppressed by the Health service which to them gives Ghanaians a “false sense of security”.

They said, “The reported 54 deaths so far cannot be right because even though 38 deaths have been reported from the Ashanti Region alone, less than 20 of those deaths are included in the national count.”

 “The case count is growing steadily by the day – about 200 to 300 new cases per day. At the last count, we had 7652 confirmed active cases even though that number could be higher (the total number of confirmed cases is 11,964.)”

The pressure group contended that, “if the public suspects under-reporting etc. there will be a loss of trust in the reporting system and that will have consequences that will influence public behavioural responses.”

Despite their aspersions cast on their credibility, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Presidential Advisor on Health corroborated the stance of GHS by saying that “government does not generate figure”.

He said,

“We see the figures as we are seeing here today and then we use the figures to plan and monitor whatever is going on. Then we target where we must share resources. We don’t generate any figures, we don’t manipulate any figures at the presidential taskforce level”.