The former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service and the Presidential advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare has revealed that more people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus are expected to recover in the coming days.
This came after the country’s recoveries are being scrutinized under skeptical lenses as some believe the ‘overnight’ spike in recoveries require further interrogation.
The country’s recovery rate increased from 670 to 1,460 last Wednesday, 15 May 2020 which caused a lot of stir on social media.
In an interview on United Television, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare said that Ghanaians who use to complain about the low recovery rate in the country can now smile as the rate increases massively.
He also revealed that patients are declared recovered when they have gone through the treatment plan and tested negative twice and also indicated that about 1,500 patient are waiting for their second test after which more of them might be declared recovered.
“The number we have is the cumulative figure, which means all cases we’ve recorded since our first two cases from the 12th of March have been added up till today. And out of that 28 have passed on and the recoveries are also included, many of them have recovered.”
“If you are isolated for two weeks and you pass your two negative tests we discharge you to go home and pronounce you as recovered. If you remember, people were complaining about our rate being very low but now we thank God that our recovery rate has gone up over 1,000. We still have about 1,500 more patients who are awaiting their second tests so we can declare them as recovered. I have the confidence that over 1,000 people will recover soon,” Dr. Nsiah said.
He also added that this means that the government’s effort in curbing the virus is really working positively.
“So our strategy is really working. If you compare to other countries, we are doing very well,” he said.