The Ghana Health Service has revealed that although Ghana has recorded 22 coronavirus related deaths, the mortality rate, rate of death of the country is among the best in the world’s COVID-19 deaths.
According to Dr Badu Sarkodie, the Director for Public Health at the GHS, Ghana’s youngest coronavirus fatality is a nine-year-old.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information’s press briefing on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Dr Badu Sarkodie indicated that the age range for Ghana’s COVID-19 deaths is between nine (9) to eighty-two (82) years and gave the mean age as 55.5 years with the median being 58 years. For males, the median age is males as 52.4, compared to 58.1 for females.
He also confirmed the number of deaths so far to be 22 persons, representing a case fatality rate of 0.43% of a case count of 5,127.
Out of the 22 who have died, he said only two had no comorbidities, meaning they were the only two who didn’t have pre-existing health conditions.
The Greater Accra Region has the highest number of deaths with 68.2% cases followed by the Ashanti Region which is 18.2% and the Upper East 9.1%.
Hypertension is the highest among the underlying health conditions and contributes up to 72.7% of the fatalities.