It’s Not Ethical to Name Coronavirus Patients – GHS
The Ghana Health Service has said it will not be revealing persons, particularly government appointees who have tested positive for the Coronavirus.
According to the Director General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, it is against medical ethics to expose individuals infected with the virus, noting it could have a toll on the fight against stigmatization.
“As I mentioned, I cannot really, ethically, tell you all these numbers and mention names and their status. It cannot be done,” Dr Aboagye said at the Covid-19 press briefing at the information ministry.
He however added that it is upto these infected individuals to decide to come out voluntarily and announce their status.
“I’m sure there are media men who have also been exposed, and we don’t have their numbers and names (in the public domain) but those who came out and did that voluntarily, that’s what we encourage. We are not going to be able to mention anybody’s name and there is no need,” he stressed.
Ghana’s total case count as at dawn of July 4, stood at 19,388, with active cases standing at 4,941 and 14,330 recoveries. Death toll at 117.