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Coronavirus: Bring back the lockdown – Dr Bortey tells Gov’t

A private medical practitioner, Dr Dennis Bortey is advocating for government to bring back the partial lockdown it imposed on some parts of the country as the COVID-19 cases continue to surge upwards.

Dr Bortey who was speaking to Prof Sam on Anopa Bosuo on Salt 95.9 FM said, locking the country down will afford health experts time to conduct aggressive testing in communities to assess the spread of the virus.

According to him, government must bring back the lockdown but not only in Accra and Kumasi as it did earlier. He said regions that have recorded as low as 20 cases must all be locked down so that health officials can comprehensively trace and treat infected persons.

“Left to me alone, the lockdown should be brought back not only in Accra and Kumasi but also in regions that have recorded few cases. There are countries that imposed the lockdown before we did and are still under lockdown with the aim of stopping the spread and treating the infected.”

“I am confident if restrictions are imposed on regions with few cases, health officials there can effectively manage the cases and stop the spread of the virus.” – he said

Dr Botey also explained why there are reports of increasing infections among health care officials at hospitals. He said because the hospital is the first place a person goes to after they realise they have any of the symptoms, infection rate among health officials is bound to go up. He said this is because the patients interact with the doctors and nurses before the GHS is alerted to come and take samples of such a person.

Ghana’s case count for the novel coronavirus now stands at 9,638 with 3,636 recoveries and 44 deaths. This information was made available by the Ghana Health Service in an update on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

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