Five-year-old boy tests positive for COVID-19 in Wa

A five-year-old boy has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region, according to health officials.

Prior to testing positive, officials of the Wa Municipal Health Service said the boy showed symptoms of the viral disease.

This was disclosed during an emergency health meeting by the Wa Municipal Assembly to enhance measures to enforce the safety protocols.

Currently, the Upper West Region has 82 confirmed cases with 26 active ones and five deaths.

Child infections

At least 2, 180 children were infected with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ghana between 12 March and 9 November 2020, reveals a survey conducted by a non-governmental organisation, Child Rights International.

The report dubbed: “COVID-19: The State of Children in Ghana”, said the affected children were below 18 years representing 4.43% of the total contraction rate in Ghana.

According to the survey, more girls have contracted COVID-19 as compared to boys since the outbreak of the viral disease in Ghana.

Mortality rate

Launching the report in Accra , Executive Director of Child Rights International, Bright Kweku Appiah, said the findings show that the mortality rate is higher in boys as compared to that of girls.

The report delves into how the virus has affected children in the areas of education, child protection and socio-economic activities.

It also provides much needed information on child protection cases during the pandemic and how COVID-19 has changed the lives of children.

Munniru Ibrahim and Fred Dzakpata

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