On Sunday, President Nana Akufo Addo announced the gradual easing of restrictions in the country. However, Researcher at KCCR, Dr Michael Owusu has revealed that we may have to live with the increasing infections of Covid-19 cases.
Dr Michael emphasized that with the gradual easing of restrictions on some sectors of the economy, free movement would be encouraged. According to the astute virologist and researcher, this could lead to a spike in cases.
As a result, we may have to live with the increasing infections of Covid-19 cases. He was however of the conviction that adherence to protocols would be minimal. This because the general notion surrounding the easing of restrictions presupposes the virus is gone in the minds of many.
“There is a possibility that some people may not entirely adhere to these measures and therefore, the number of cases may go up. Increasing infections is something we have to live with. We have to know that the numbers will always go up but the ability to pick them early, to isolate them, to manage them so it doesn’t result in death” he stated.
Living with the increasing infections of Covid-19 cases and the way forward.
Dr Michael Owusu admitted that we can’t live with restrictions in perpetuity. Hence, we have to ease it at a particular point in time. Adding to that, he intimated that as we look at easing restrictions we also need to look at how to control its effects.
“I think that easing restrictions should be part of our cycle. You can’t forever lockdown. You cannot forever sit home. It’s something that would have to come which is what has started. But easing restrictions must go along with measures- measures in terms of the preventive measures, surveillance measures, contact tracing measures and testing measures.
Admittedly, Ghana’s testing capacity is low and this one phenomenon the virologist agrees with, thus calling for an increase in testing sites and provision of more reagents.
“The testing capacity is still low and I will wish that once the restriction easing has started, we should gradually increase the number of testing sites and supply more reagents so once there are surges, this can be managed. I think this is what we have to focus our attention on. I will call on the government to work quickly on the rapid diagnostic tests- the RDTs, so they can support the PCR testing we have been doing so that we don’t put too much pressure on the molecular testing sites that we have in the country” he stressed.
In a related development, the Educational Minister has also revealed that when the junior and senior schools reopen, there will be no visitors allowed during the period that they are in school.
“When the junior and senior schools reopen, there will be no visitors allowed during the period that they are in school. Parents can no longer go and visit their kids for that period”, the sector intimated.
At the press briefing Matthew Opoku Prempeh revealed that Ghana would for the first time write its own special final year exams dubbed, “Ghana exams” which has a five-week duration. Prior to this, the students will spend six weeks having brush-up tuition.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI