COVID-19: Communities may be infected with a deadly Delta strain — GHS

According to Dr. Franklyn Asiedu-Bekoe, Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the lethal Delta form of Covid-19 found in Ghana may have made its way into the population.

This is in contrast to the GHS’s prior declaration that the virus had not yet penetrated the population.
Although the GHS has no proof that the fatal virus has spread throughout the towns, Dr. Asiedu-Bekoe noted on TV3’s Key Points on Saturday, June 26 that those who tested negative at the airport may have tested positive days later.

“Evidence is what drives us. We don’t have proof that the Delta is in the neighborhood, but you may assume that it is because individuals who enter the nation may be negative at the airport, but they can change their minds once they’re in the neighborhood. In terms of evidence, we don’t have any proof that Delta exists in the community, but it’s plausible based on inference.

“While we can’t tell if the Delta is in or out for us, we presume we have Delta in the community. So we’re operating on the presumption that Delta is in the community, even though we don’t have any proof of it,” he told presenter Abena Tabi.

Ghana has so far discovered six Delta forms of Covid-19, according to the GHS, which was announced earlier this week.
Samples obtained from travelers at the Kotoka International Airport between April and June verified the variations.

“All travelers who test positive at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are placed under mandatory isolation,” the GHS stated in a statement.

“All positive samples are submitted to be tested further (genomic sequencing) in order to detect variations. Variants sequenced from positive case samples at the Airport may or may not end up in the community.

“As of yet, the nation has discovered six Delta forms of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus) in all samples collected at ports of entry between April and June 2021. “No Delta variation has been found in samples obtained from community cases.” The MOH and GHS also notify the general public that in April 2021, there was a spike in cases at the airport, with 308 positives recorded at that time.

“However, owing to the rigorous surveillance system in place at the ports of entry and careful isolation of all cases discovered, Ghana has not seen the third wave.”

The GHS clarified that claims that the Sputnik-V and AstraZeneca vaccines are ineffective against the Delta strain of SARS-Cov-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are false.

According to Public Health England (PHE), two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine are extremely successful in preventing hospitalization caused by the Delta form, with no deaths reported among individuals who received the vaccination. The findings also show that the AstraZeneca vaccination is effective against the Delta variant’s symptomatic illness.

Source: 3news



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