The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye has explained that the total COVID-19 case count seen on the Ghana Health Service (GHS) website which is causing panic amongst the citizenry is not a true reflection of the Ghana situation.
According to him, there is a difference between the cumulative case count displayed in the red box and the active cases which is not indicated on the website.
He made this clarification in an interview on Happy 98.9 FM’s ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ with host, Afrifa-Mensah. “Pay attention to the active case count and not the total case count. We currently have over 5,087 active COVID-19 cases. The 8,070 we see are cumulative case counts which never reduces regardless of the deaths and recoveries.”
The Deputy Minister furthered that for citizens to know the active cases at a particular point in time, one has to deduct the total number of recoveries and deaths from the total case count to know the real Ghana situation. “In a day, we can record zero active cases of COVID-19 but the total case count never reduces.”
He acknowledged that the ministry has faulted a bit in this regard and will soon change their approach and create a column for the active case counts on the website. “Not every Ghanaian can take time to make the calculations. Ideally, the active case count must be in the red box and not the total case count.”
As at today, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ghana stands at 8,070 with 2,947 recoveries and 36 deaths.
But the active cases as at today are 5,087. (To get your active case count, one has to subtract the total number of recoveries and deaths from the total case count)
Total confirmed cases – (Recoveries + Deaths) = Active cases
By: Joel Sanco