83% of critically ill persons with COVID-19 have fully recovered – Nana Addo
44 out of the 53 persons with COVID-19 who were critically ill in Ghana have fully recovered.
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo who disclosed this also indicated that the figure represents 83 percent of infected persons, at the various Intensive Care Units (ICU) across health facilities in the country, to have been discharged.
“Most patients, who are critically ill and need intensive care, do, indeed, survive the virus, if they seek medical help promptly. For example, out of 53 patients admitted into intensive care units (ICU) at the Ga East Municipal Hospital and the University of Ghana Medical Centre, since the pandemic struck, 44, i.e. 83%, have fully recovered, and have been discharged,” the president announced on Sunday, in an address to the nation.
Nana Akufo-Addo also announced that Ghana’s COVID-19 case count has risen to 17,351 as of Saturday, June 27, 2020.
This means the country has recorded 609 new cases since the last update.
Meanwhile, the total number of persons who have recovered from the novel disease has also increased to 12,994.
Ghana currently has 4,345 active cases after 294,867 tests.
“As of Saturday, 27th June 2020, our country has recorded 17,351 confirmed cases, with 12,994 recoveries, representing some 75% of positives. This means that, currently, we have 4,245 active cases, having conducted 294,867 tests, one of the highest on the continent. 30 persons are severely and critically ill, and we have a total of 112 sad deaths, constituting 0.6% of positives, as we maintain one of the lowest death rates in the world”, the president said.
Don’t feel stigmatised, seek early treatment
President Akufo-Addo used the occasion to entreat persons who experience symptoms of the virus to report early to the health facilities.
He thus encouraged the citizens not to feel stigmatised if they test positive for Coronavirus.
“There should be no fear of stigmatisation or embarrassment with being diagnosed with COVID-19. So, please, when you begin to experience symptoms such as fever, persistent cough, bodily pains, loss of taste and smell, and difficulty in breathing, seek immediate medical attention at the nearest health facility”, he advised.