The first coronavirus case in the Upper West Region was announced on Friday, 27th March, 2020.
Nine persons who came into contact with the patient in the region have been identified and their samples have been taken to Accra for testing.
This was announced by the Upper West Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Kuffour Afreh in a media briefing organized by the regional health risk committee on Tuesday at the conference room of the Upper West Regional Health Directorate.
According to him, the press briefing was to update the region on the coronavirus pandemic and to address the stigma caused by wrong reportage and misinformation.
He stated that the region is at a less risk adding that the region’s case is the only affected person whose test result was revealed on the 26th March, 2020.
He said many people moved to the region after the lockdown thereby increasing the risk level.
“After the president announced the lockdown, many people started running to our region. This mean that people are moving from a high risk area to a less risk area and therefore increasing our risk level.”
He added that a group of health officials have been deployed to Piisi, the entry of the region to check for the virus.
This he observed was a lesson learned from the difficulty faced in tracing the persons who came into contact with the patient.
He expressed his displeasure about the way information is published on social media saying “the way information is spread about the virus is a challenge to the health service. Many people are making wrong or unconfirmed information available to the general public.”
He urged the public to confirm information from health directorate before it is made public to curb the stigma caused in the region.
“The stigma caused by wrong reportage, has slowed the movement of the risk communication team towards the fight of the pandemic because they have to waste time correcting those mistakes instead of making advances to curb the situation.” he reiterated