Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Presidential Adviser on health has made a clarion call on members of parliament and all Ghanaians to collectively partner with the government to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic which is gradually depleting lives.
He said, “the fight is a struggle that all must join,” as he explained that local transmission was the main propagator of the rising number of positive testing by patients as a result of contact tracing.
The presidential adviser on health made this revelation when he led a team of officials from the National COVID-19 Response Team to brief Parliament’s Committee on the nature of the pandemic and measures being taken by government to tackle it.
Dr. Nsiah-Asare said that currently there is a lot of local transmission, which means there is a lot of community spread.
With the total number of recorded cases of the disease in Ghana currently at 15,473, with 11,430 recoveries and 3,840 active cases and a death toll of 95, Dr. Nsiah-Asare called particularly on Members of Parliament (MPs) to join hands with government in the fight against the coronavirus disease, explaining that the representatives of the people, are the right persons to assist in the fight against COVID-19 in their constituencies.
He was accompanied to the House by Dr. Anarfi Asamoah-Baah, Presidential Coordinator of the National COVID-19 Response Team and Dr. Chris Pambo, the resident medical officer in Parliament.
He stated that there was no guarantee that people who test negative for virus would in few days not test positive if they should come into contact with an infected person.
Dr. Nsiah-Asare also advised the MPs who wear face-shield to the House to include the wearing of facemasks when debating on the floor to prevent people from contacting their droplets.
He said, “I always say that mask is a must, if you wash your hands with running water and soap and keep the social distancing you are most unlikely to contact the virus and also prevent your neighbour from getting the virus”.
Dr. Nsiah Asare further announced that Ghana has changed its discharge policy for COVID-19 patients, in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation on May 27, 2020.
The global health agency reported, that after much work on the virus, when a person is asymptomatic for 10 days, it is most unlikely that the person would be infectious.
He said, “This is the reason why after two weeks of self-isolation of an asymptomatic patients, they are declared recovered and discharged”.
In the first policy, Ghana adopted the 14-day mandatory treatment or isolation after which the person would undertake the first and second tests before he is discharged.