Astronomical rise in Ghana’s COVID-19 recoveries met with scepticism

Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu

The Novel Coronavirus which began in the latter part of 2019 has been described by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention to have an incubation period between 4-6 days and is fatal for persons living with chronic health conditions and weakened immune systems.

Globally, 4.37 million people have tested positive for the virus with 1.56 million recoveries and an alarming death toll of 312,000 as of May 17, 2020. The pandemic has compelled world governments to initiate policies to prevent a further spread of the disease. These policies include; shutting down borders, restricting the movement of persons, compulsory social distancing, and the mandatory usage of personal protection equipment such as nose masks and hand sanitizers.

The Ghana Health Service announced that Ghana had recorded its first COVID-19 case around March 12, 2020, and currently, the country has recorded over 5,700 cases. On recoveries, Ghana recorded its first COVID-19 recovery case on Thursday March 26, 2020. But currently, Ghana has registered 1,754 recoveries. The announcement of the recoveries by the Ghana Health Service has been met with scepticism.

Badu Sarkodie Director of Public Health, GHS
Badu Sarkodie Director of Public Health, GHS

A section of Ghanaians that the government is probably cooking up numbers to please Ghanaians. Although the news of the rise in the numbers of COVID-19 recovery cases have been a great source of joy and hope to many, some have publicly taken to various social media platforms to express their doubts. Notable among them, is the President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe. According to him, the numbers can only be possible if it was a miracle.

Grateful to our COVID-19 managers, but were the 1000 plus overnight recoveries all at one prayer camp? Since the Pentecost day in the New Testament and the feeding of the 5,000 by Jesus, never have so many been miraculously healed. There is a God” he tweeted.

Also, the increase in numbers of recoveries has intensified calls for the reopening of schools. As a result of the astronomical rise in the numbers of recoveries, some persons have developed the notion that it may be safe for students to return to the classroom. A group that called itself Concerned Private and Graduate Teachers’ Association and NAGRAT last week called on the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education to issue a directive ordering students to return to their respective schools. The groups argued that the government must call back students since it seems to be that the Ghana Health Service has advanced in its approach to treating the COVID-19 and it doesn’t look like the virus is leaving anytime soon.

Others also believe that the government is falsifying data to enable the EC carries on with the compilation of the new voters’ register. Members of the opposition parties in the country are of the thought that the increase in the number of recoveries is only a hoax by the government to give Ghanaians the hope that it is in control of the disease while the Electoral commissioner carries on with plans to compile the new voters’ register.