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Ghana Has NOT Recorded 100 per cent Coronavirus Recovery Rate!

2 mins read “Any figure that comes out and cannot be found on our website is false. Please disregard it. We entreat everybody to cross-check any data or information from our website,” Mr Andoh, PRO of GHS said.

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Ghana Health Service announces 100 per cent Covid-19 recovery rate – adepanews.com

The Ghana Health Service says it has NOT reported a 100 per cent recovery rate among confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ghana.

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Worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic has hit very hard. According to World Health Organisation data, the global cases confirmed so far are 1 282 931 with 72 774 confirmed deaths.

On March 28, 2020, adepanews.com reported that the Ghana Health Service announced a 100 per cent recovery rate among patients that were infected by the disease in the country.

With the headline “COVID-19: Ghana health Service announces 100% recovery rate”, the report indicated that the Ghana Health Service had announced that “the recovering rate of the infected persons has doubled and its now mentioned 100% increase.”

Dubawa checked and found the claim made by the news outlet to be false.

Verification

To ascertain the truth behind the claim on the recovery rate of infected persons in Ghana, Dubawa spoke to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Health Service,  Jacob Andoh. 

According to Mr Andoh, the news is false as no such information was ever released by the Ghana Health Service. 

“Any figure that comes out and cannot be found on our website is false. Please disregard it. We entreat everybody to cross-check any data or information from our website,” Mr Andoh said.

Further checks on the Ghana Health service website revealed that no such statement of Ghana recording a 100 per cent recovery rate has been made concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.  

As of March 28, 2020, when adepanews.com reported the claim, information available on the Ghana Health Service Covid19 dedicated website indicated that a total of 141 cases had been confirmed nationwide. The website further stated that two people had recovered and had been discharged, while 14 were being managed at home. At the time, four deaths had been recorded. Additionally, 87 were reported to be responding well to treatment and two were in critical condition. 

Current Covid-19 Situation In Ghana

According to Ghana Health Service, Ghana currently has a total of 287 confirmed cases as of April 7, 2020.  Of the total number recorded, three have fully recovered, 49 have been discharged and are undergoing home management. A total of 228 have been reported to be well and responding to treatment while two are moderately ill. Five deaths have been reported in the country so far, all having been identified to have had underlying chronic medical conditions prior to COVID-19 infection.

Conclusion

The Ghana Health Service did not say the recovery rate of Ghanaians with confirmed cases of coronavirus is 100 per cent. The information published by adepanews,com is, therefore, false. 

Roselena Ahiable is a Senior Researcher with Dubawa Ghana. Roselena has years of demonstrated work experience in advertising, sales and marketing, having worked with some of the leading brands in Ghana. She has completed a Master of Philosophy programme in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, with specialisation in Public Relations and Advertising. She has also received advanced training in print and broadcast journalism. Roselena also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana. As a trained journalist with interest in research, Roselena provides the team insight in news and media trend analysis.

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