At least 541 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) pushing the country’s active cases to 5,524.
The death toll has hit 836 after five additional fatalities were recorded across the country, an update on the GHS COVID-19 dashboard reveals.
As of 28 July 2021, Ghana’s total confirmed cases stand at 104, 330. Currently, health officials have recorded 97,970 recoveries. So far, 86 persons are in severe condition while 17 remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 2,031 out of which 1,977 have recovered.
Breakdown of regional cases:
Greater Accra Region – 56,487
Ashanti Region – 18,273
Western Region – 6,042
Eastern Region – 4,879
Central Region – 3,823
Volta Region – 3,100
Northern Region – 1,672
Bono Region – 1,625
Bono East Region – 1,606
Upper East Region – 1,326
Western North Region – 937
Ahafo Region – 847
Oti Region – 545
Upper West Region – 500
North East Region – 232
Savannah Region – 135
ICU of Greater Accra Regional Hospital overstretched
Meanwhile, Dr Emmanuel Srofenyo, the medical director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (GARH), has said the intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients at the facility is currently overstretched.
Dr. Srofenyo explained the unit which currently has a capacity for 16 patients is also in need of more human resources to contain the situation.
It comes barely a week after President Akufo-Addo confirmed that Ghana had entered a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Beatrice Adu on The Big Bulletin on Tuesday (July 27), Dr. Srofenyo said: “We are now receiving a higher and higher number of cases and it paints an unfortunate picture that we must be all aware of.”
“Which means that individually we must obey the protocols to make sure that we cut this wave that is trying to sweep across the country that is the long and short of it.
“For the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, it is not a constant situation, sometimes we get a high number of cases, sometimes we get a relatively lower number of cases, but the fact is that the average number of cases we get on a daily basis has increased,” he said.
The medical director said the facility is now recording an average of about ten cases daily.
“…Among our emergencies, maybe one or two test positive, but now the situation is such that when we submit cases for testing, we get a higher number, sometimes 10…”