VIDEO: Ghana records first coronavirus recovery

A Chinese man in Ghana has recovered fully after contracting the deadly coronavirus.

He was one of the few people who flew into the country in the early stages of the outbreak in Ghana.

The Chinese man leaving the hospital after recovery
The Chinese man leaving the hospital after recovery.

He was quarantined after showing symptoms which matched the case definition of the Ghana Health Service. Further tests proved positive for COVID-19.

After a few days of treatment at the Atonsu Agogo Hospital in the Ashanti Region, he showed remarkable improvement.Video Player00:0000:30

He walked out of the facility on Wednesday after being certified clean of the virulent infection following several tests that showed he was now negative.

The government is expected to provide further details of the recovery’s sources in the health sector in the Ashanti Region say the recovery case has been communicated to the government and they are waiting for the government to put it out. Health authorities in the region are still conducting contact tracing to find out those who may have come into contact with the patient.Two Ghanaian women and a Lebanese man succumbed to the infection. They were all reported to have other underlying health conditions that provided fertile ground for the coronavirus pathogens to cause havoc.

As of 25 March, some 1,030 people were under mandatory quarantine. Samples from 863 of them have been tested, and 38 confirmed positive. This is the contributing factor to the huge jump in cases.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is calling for a total lockdown of the Greater Accra Region, which has recorded the highest number of cases.

The Ministry of Health identified Accra, Tema and Kumasi as the epicentres of the virus.

Even though the government has imposed a public ban on mass gatherings and closed the borders of the country, the GMA communicated in a press release on Wednesday that the best option to contain the virus was a total ban on movement except for essential service providers.

“The lockdown though not a comfortable decision for leadership and citizens alike is a proven option backed by science and along with the other measures will ultimately be in our best interest.

“We call on all Ghanaians to support such a move in the national interest to save our nation from the devastating effects of this pandemic,” the statement said.

Across the globe,  the virus has killed 20,912 people out of 463,418 cases. 113,802 people have recovered from the virus using different treatments.



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