Executive Director of the African Centre for Health Policy Research and Analysis, Dr. Thomas Anabah, appears to be skeptical of the discovery of the Delta Strain of the Covid-19 in Kumasi.
Dr Anabah believes that the recent statement by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) on the discovery of the Delta variant of covid-19 since December cannot be understood because its signs or signals did not have any impalement.
“For Kumasi t come out and tell us that they have recorded the Delta Variant as far as back December, some of us will not understand it because that variant is spreading very fast spreading. What happened to the figures in Kumasi after December? We didn’t see any terrible surge or what did they do with that client or that patient who had the Delta variant? Did they isolate him and they notify the Ghana Health Service?”
The ambiguity of information presented by two different bodies within the same institution, according to Dr. Anabah, does not bode well for communication.
As a result, he has urged the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health to bridge the communication gap so that information conveyed to the public is taken seriously.
The KMA’s Public Relations Officer, Henritta Afia Konadu Aboagye, stated that the new Delta Variant was discovered immediately after the Christmas festivities in Kumasi.
She said, “After the festive season, we realized a lot of people were coming in with lot of cases, but later it turned out that people were coming in with the new Delta Variant. The Public Health Committee that is helping the Assembly with the outbreak has recorded over 200 cases. This number is too huge for this short period. So we are drawing the attention of the general public not to relax with the protocols so that we are able to curtail the infection rate.”