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The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye says the aggressive pick up of suspected covid-19 patients is used only in the face of resistance.

Addressing concerns about the stigma associated with the way suspected cases are picked-up to the hospital, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye said: “the air rambo style approach seen for picking suspected covid-19 cases is for those who are evading the isolation, those who’re either switching off their phones or they’re running away and they’re not allowing them to join.”

“Some of them are picked in the evening quietly but is when people are evading that we need to look at other means in collaboration with the community to see how they can be picked.”

“If everybody cooperated i don’t think we would have such a challenge.”

He added that Ghana has a high covid-19 recovery rate.

“We have a very high recovery rate. We have a very high bar in Ghana that we have to test two negatives conservatively before we can declare you as recovered. Other countries, one negative then you are gone. And that creates some backlog especially when we had a little challenge with our lab.”

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