The Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service has identified 350 contacts linked to the six confirmed cases reported in the country pertaining to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The move is encouraging and will restore a measure of confidence in our health system which is considered not as robust as in those in the developed world.
Thus, if care is taken, and the GHS persists in its surveillance, no sooner than later, all contracts can be traced for self-quarantining where necessary. In fact, the whole government machinery is on high alert and are providing daily updates which shows seriousness.
It is also in this regard that the Paper commends government for its swift action in placing a temporary ban on large gatherings and any action that is likely to exacerbate the spread of COVID-19. Also, adhering to travel restrictions as proposed, and it should come out for mention that the authorities displayed great circumspection when they refused two Italian nationals entry into the jurisdiction recently.
This is because all the confirmed cases in the country came from people who travelled outside the country, contracted it and brought it to Ghana. Therefore, if we are to remain vigilant and maintain this high-level of vigilance, we should be able to keep the victims to the barest minimum.
There are currently 189,758 confirmed cases in 163 countries and territories and 7,518 people have died so far from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak as of March 17.
The UK PM, Boris Johnson says people should work from home where possible as part of a range of stringent new measures. More than 1,500 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK – but the actual number of cases is estimated to be between 35,000 and 50,000.
The UK is now “three weeks” behind Italy – the worst-hit country in Europe. Italy, the worst-affected nation outside China – where the virus originated – has more than 20,000 cases and has suffered more than 1,800 deaths.
This is no time to be complacent but to remain vigilant but safe.
Timing for water storage disturbing in view of COVID-19 outbreak
The Ghana Water Company Limited has indicated that it is experiencing some challenges with water supply in Accra and most cities during this high demand period, and consequently, is asking consumers to store water.
Indeed, this is no time to pile extra stress on consumers, particularly as many are trying to overcome the initial fear that is associated with the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Among the directives issued by the President and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is to constantly wash hands with flowing running water, and it is at a time like this that the GWCL chooses to be a harbinger of bad news.
In the past few weeks, despite assurances from the authorities that all is well in the utilities sector, Ghanaians have been experiencing unexplained power outages without any prior information which can be quite frustrating.
It leaves one to wonder what is going on in the utility sector. Having to contend with the coronavirus outbreak is bad enough, let alone having to spend precious time storing water in trying moments as these and worse of all congregating at a common water source in search of water.
One wonders whether consumers are not being taken for a ride. Under such circumstances, we seem almost hapless. The GWCL could be facing genuine challenges, but at a time like this to break such news is not wholly responsible. People’s stress levels are quite high at a time like this and to disregard that only to pile on extra pressure is almost unbearable.
Kids are home because of the outbreak and parents and guardians are at their wits end trying to cope with the current situation only to be further aggravated by the announcement. GWCL should have activated its back-up plan to assuage minds and hearts.