The Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, says no COVID 19 patient, as at today May 5, 2020, is at the intensive care unit.
Speaking at an ongoing press conference, Dr. Aboagye said about 129,461 tests have been conducted nationwide with 2,719 positive cases and 18 deaths.
He said although infection rate remains high, the death rate is about 0.6 per cent, compared to 3.4 per cent and 2.9 per cent in Cameroon and Nigeria respectively.
“However, until we discover an effective vaccine, this disease is going to be with us,” he said and appealed to the public not to stigmatize against COVID 19 victim.
The Ghana Health Service Director noted that about 294 people have recovered completely from COVID 19 after testing negative twice, with about 200 patients currently awaiting their second negative results.
The Chief Executive of the Food and Drug Authority (FDA), Delese Mimi Darko, said the FDA, with the help of the Ghana Standards Authority, has developed requirements for manufacturing face masks.
She said about 41 manufacturers have, as at yesterday, been registered to produce face masks for the public and appealed to manufacturers of face masks to produce them in clean environment.23