Follow lockdown with mass testing -Health service administrators tell Akufo-Addo

Follow lockdown with mass testing -Health service administrators tell Akufo-Addo

- Health Service Administrators around the country have urged to embark on a mass testing exercise of residents in the areas under partial lockdown in order to help fight the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus

- They are also pleading with the government to procure more test kits to help facilitate the mass testing exercise

- As of Friday, March 27, 2020, Ghana had recorded 137 confirmed cases with 4 deads and 2 recoveries.

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Health Service Administrators around the country have urged to embark on a mass testing exercise of residents in the areas under partial lockdown in order to help fight the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus

They are also pleading with the government to procure more test kits to help facilitate the mass testing exercise.

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In a statement sighted by YEN.com.gh, the Association of Health Service Administrators, Ghana (AHSAG) also urged the government to procure more test kits in addition to the initial 50,000 test kits that are already being procured and the consignment that the country has received from Chinese business mongul Jack Ma.

The association also stated that the government needs to cut the cost involved in quarantining foreign travelers into the country by selecting low to moderate hotel accommodation for such persons.

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“We all do not know how long this pandemic will last and therefore going for high-end hotels could have dire financial implications for the country in the long run. In these dangerously difficult times, status (perceived or real) is of no essence, resources are, and therefore anyone caught up in this must understand that the state needs to conserve as much as possible to be able to soldier on. As managers in the health system, we are concerned about the cost in this particular intervention by government,” the Association said in a statement.

The Association of Health Service Administrators also noted that despite the closure of Ghana’s borders to its neighbouring countries, there still exist unapproved routes for people to sneak in and out of the country.

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They, therefore, called on government and the security agencies to intensify surveillance at those areas in order to prevent illegal entries and exits by people in these difficult times.

“We also use this opportunity to call on all residents along the country’s borders to remain vigilant and report such illegal entries to the security agencies. We should leave no stone unturned in our efforts to contain and eliminate this pandemic."

The President yesterday March 28, announced a lockdown in parts of Accra, Kumasi and Kasoa during his late evening national address on government’s measures to control the spread of the virus.

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According to the President, the movement of persons living in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi, where significant numbers of infections have been recorded, will be restricted from Monday, March 30, 2020.

The lockdown which is subject to review is expected to last for a period of two weeks

Akufo-Addo said the lockdown is to enable contact tracing of persons who have come into contact with persons who have tested positive for the deadly virus.

As of Friday, March 27, 2020, Ghana has recorded 137 confirmed cases.

As of Friday, March 27, 2020, Ghana had recorded 137 confirmed cases with 4 deads and 2 recoveries.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Former MUSIGA president, Bice Osei Kuffuor, popularly known as Obour, had lost his father, Nana Osei Boansi Kuffour, to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Nana Osei Boansi Kuffuor died at the Ridge Hospital om, Friday, March 27 after being rushed to the facility on Thursday night.

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