COVID-19 pandemic claiming thousands of lives

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has expressed worry about the increasing number of new infections of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the Bono Region.

Even though, Bono is among the last regions to have recorded confirmed cases since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, the GHS warned that the rise in new infections of the viral disease was disturbing.

It has therefore called on the people in region to protect themselves by adhering to the health and safety protocols.

The Acting Bono Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Kofi Amo-Kodieh, said 96 confirmed cases had been recorded in the region within a short space of time while 1,431 laboratory results were pending.

Addressing a news conference in Sunyani, Dr Amo-Kodieh said as at July 7, 2020, the region had recorded a total of 2,949 suspected COVID-19 cases, 302 through routine surveillance system and 2,647 through enhanced surveillance system.

With the exception of Dormaa West, Dormaa East and Tain districts, six other Municipalities and three Districts in the region had recorded confirmed cases with Wenchi recording the highest figures of 42 cases, Berekum West 15 cases and Sunyani West 10 cases.

Jaman North has 10 confirmed cases, Dormaa central, seven cases, Sunyani East, five cases, Jaman South, four cases, Berekum East, two cases and Banda District, one case.

Per the new guidelines of the GHS for the management of the COVID-19, Dr Amo-Kodieh explained 34 of the 96 cases representing 35.4 per cent had recovered as at Tuesday July 6.

He added eight of them were exhibiting mild symptoms at treatment centres, while the remaining 58 were mainly asymptomatic and were self-isolating.

Dr Amo-Kodieh advised the general public to avoid hand shake, wash their hands with soap under running water and use hand sanitizers regularly to protect themselves and others around them so as to stem the rapid spread of the disease in the region.