Professor Kwamena Sagoe of the University of Ghana Medical School has indicated that there is a possibility of a third wave of the COVID-19 virus in the country.
Speaking on the current cases recorded, he stated that, the latest coronavirus figures in Ghana could be a sign that the country is entering into its third wave.
“Well, anything is possible. Definitely, the cases are going up and normally, when the cases are up, you should remember that it is not a simple summative thing, it is exponential.”Prof Sagoe
His indication comes on the back of the Ghana Health Services (GHS) announcement which indicated that Ghana has recorded new cases with 812 COVID-19 related deaths.
Touching on the possibility and the further spread of the virus which can lead the nation into a third wave, Professor Sagoe averred that there is a problem because people still don’t believe in COVID-19.
“Two people will give to eight people, eight people will give to thirty, so yes, it could be the beginning of the third wave, it could also mean something else. We just have to see how things will pan out.
“People still don’t believe in COVID and that is the problem.”Prof Sagoe
Professor Sagoe also lamented about the fact that there has been complacency on the part of Ghanaians with regards to observing the COVID-19 protocols. He also related the current behavior to the vaccination.
“Now, the new phrase you hear is I have been vaccinated twice and so generally, there is complacency. People believe it won’t happen to them, others are also oblivious of what is happening around them.
“Others believe they have the vaccines so they can live their normal life.”Prof Sagoe
Lockdown may not work
Speaking on whether a second lockdown will help deal with the situation, Professor Sagoe was of the view that it might not work this time around.
“We have all seen that lockdowns may not work per se. We all saw what happened in Ghana when we were locked down. Again, you can see that people are trying to combine economic issue with and trying to control the disease.”Prof Sagoe
He further urged the public to find innovative ways of doing things in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
“We have to find innovative ways of doing things. For example, if you are having a funeral don’t let people sit. We have to be innovative if we want to balance the two of them.
“I can tell you for sure that people are presenting with COVID like malaria. They have no cough, they have no clinical symptoms of respiratory disease but yet they are COVID positive. They come with general body weakness. I think that we should put in some restrictions. That can still allow for movement so that we don’t get to the situation where now we are running for hospital beds.”Prof Sagoe
According to the Ghana Health Service, Ghana has recorded 812 covid-19-related deaths from COVID-19.
This was after four persons died on Tuesday, July 13, according to the figures announced on Sunday, July 18, 2021. The active cases stand at 2,858 with 95,147 recoveries.