Child Rights International, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that is poised for protecting the right and welfare of children has conducted research in Ghana concerning the coronavirus and the outcome of the research shows that a total number of 2,180 children not above 18 years contracted the novel coronavirus.
The Executive Director of Child Rights International, Mr. Bright Appiah said most of the children who contracted the virus were asymptomatic, that is, they were not showing symptoms of the virus and were not hospitalized.
Mr. Appiah said;
“The nationwide data shows that from March 11 to November 9, 2020, out of 49,202 who contracted the COVID-19 virus, 2,180 children below 18 years have contracted the virus representing 4.43% of the total contraction rate in Ghana
“Majority of them are girls but if you also look at those who have died as a result of COVID, majority of them are boys. So that is the outlook of COVID situation in Ghana and what we have not determined is whether or not children have the capacity or are potential spreaders or transmitters of the COVID to their age cohorts or to the vulnerable.”
The research was conducted using qualitative and quantitative procedures to collect data.
The data collected sampled 589 communities, towns, and cities, in addition to nationwide data on COVID-19 provided by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
Secondary data from other sources were included in the research
Ghana has in recent times been experiencing an uprise in the Covid-19 cases. The rise in figures is attributed to the low level of compliance and observation of the laid down safety protocols provided by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.
The Ghana Medical Association predicted a possible lockdown as the second wave of the virus is considered more dreadful than the first wave. Some Europeans have already been experiencing a lockdown since the uproar of the second wave.