No evidence deadly Indian COVID-19 strain is spread in communities -GHS

The Ghana Health Service has allayed fears after Ghana detected the most contagious Covid-19 variant, originating from India.

This was first disclosed by the head of the West Africa Center for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens, (WACCBIP) of the University of Ghana, Professor Gordon Awandare, saying the country has recorded about 46 strains of COVID-19.

But the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Franklyn Asiedu Bekoe indicated that the Indian strain also known as the ‘Delta variant’ was recorded at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and not spread to communities.

According to him,  the strain was detected some  4 or 6 weeks ago from passengers who possibly flew in from Turkey, India, and the United Arab Emirates.

Professor Awandare who fears a possible spike urged the government to immediately enforce the COVID-19 preventive protocols to stem a potential spread of this deadly variant but in an interview monitored by, Dr Bekoe assured that his outfit will give details on how to possibly control the new Indian variant from spreading.

“We try to follow them up and do the test. At that time, most of them tested negative. Then, there was nothing like a Delta Variant”

He further stated that, per the survey conducted by the GHS, most of the cases were from the West coast.

“So what we’re doing is that, when we get a case, we try to follow you up. I’m talking about the negative passengers. We try to identify you, and we try to take a sample from you. But those who are positive, those are the ones that they do the genome sequencing,” he added.

He added,  “it is assumed that persons coming from such areas, may have come into contact with the variant or could be carrying the virus. So we follow them up to test them. And we didn’t get any positive cases.”


By Lawrence Odoom|

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