The Western Region had as at Friday, January 15, recorded 98 active cases of cCovid-19, with Sekondi-Takoradi leading. Reports indicate that there were 55 active cases in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis as at that date, with Effia- Kwesimintim municipality also recording 19.
Wassa Amenfi West and Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipalities had 19 and 2 cases respectively, with Ellembele and Shama recording two and one respectively.
Dr Anane Frimpong, the Western Regional President of Ghana Medical Association who disclosed this in an interview with journalists, expressed fears that these figures may shoot up if stringent measures were not put in place to control spread of the virus.
He added that failure by the residents to adhere to the safety protocols may also worsen the situation. He therefore advised them to do the right thing by always wearing their nose masks, washing their hands and socially distancing themselves.
Dr Anane Frimpong recalled that Western Region last year recorded 3,263 active Covid-19 cases, with 3, 150 of the patients recovering and being discharged. . Fifteen of them, he said, unfortunately died.
This notwithstanding, he said the Covid-19 situation in Western Region was controlled as a result of prudent measures put in place by authorities such as the establishment of testing centres at Effia -Nkwanta Regional Hospital and the Veterinary Services Laboratory.
He also cited sustained contact tracing and setting up of an isolation centre where infected persons are kept and properly managed.
More testing centres
To continue battling the virus, the Regional GMA President called for establishment of another testing centre in Tarkwa-Nsuaem to save victims in the mining municipality as well as those in the three sister Amenfi areas, the inconvenience of travelling all the way to Takoradi for sample testing.
He also called on government to furnish the testing centres with facilities needed in rendering quality service.
Dr Anane Frimpong used the occasion to advise Ghanaians to disregard all social media conspiracy theories on Covid-19 vaccines , dismissing them as baseless.
He said the vaccines are effective and will be further approved by the Food and Drugs Authority before administered on the people.
The good news, he stressed, is that after taking the vaccine, Ghanaians can freely go about their normal duties without any fears for the menace .