Togamana: recoveries may have already passed 1000

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HEALTH minister Dr Culwick Togamana says COVID-19 recoveries may have passed the 1000 mark already as most cases have not been recorded.

Togamana on Monday this week said the total number of recoveries available are only quantified recoveries for Covid-19 patients discharged and registered at the health facilities.

“However, I have been informed by my officials that the number of recoveries especially in communities may have already passed 1000 mark. This we can at least derived some comfort from,” he said.

Togamana said more than 50 patients admitted to the National Referral Hospital (NRH) and Central Field Hospital (CFH) since 19th January 2022 have recovered and discharged, in Malaita 10 Covid-19 have returned to negative and two recoveries in Isabel and one in Makira.

“Fellow citizens it is important to note that health will not be able to provide even close to accurate figures because many who tested positive for Covid-19 were advised for home Isolation thus they did not report back when they recovered. These people are not tested before release,” he said.

Togamana additionally stressed that due to under testing there are also those who never been tested but also experienced covid-19 like symptoms and have now recovered.