COVID-19: 8000 police officers to be tested after partial lockdown exercise

COVID-19: 8000 police officers to be tested after partial lockdown exercise

- Police personnel who were at the forefront during the lockdown are undergoing tests for COVID-19

- The IGP has also directed his men to observe isolation and self-quarantine

- Ghana has so far recorded 1,154 cases of the novel disease

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong Boanuh, has directed that all frontline police personnel who are involved in the fight of the coronavirus should go into self-quarantine.

According to the Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Sheila Kesse Abayie-Buckman, the IGP has asked that the about 8,000 personnel also get tested for the COVID-19 virus.

“The IGP issued instructions to all commanders at the areas of operation to brief our men and women to self-isolate; the Police Hospital has started taking samples of our officers for testing,” Superintendent Abayie-Buckman revealed during an interview on Accra-based Citi FM.

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She further added that the results of the samples taken were not ready due to the delays and other protocols occasioned during testing by health officials.

The police personnel were at the forefront during the three-week partial lockdown in parts of the country.

The exercise was dubbed, ‘Operation COVID Safety’. It was joint police and military contingent that was deployed to enforce the order in the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi areas were the lockdown was imposed.

Meanwhile, the police say 810 individuals who flouted the lockdown directive in parts of Ghana are being processed to face the law.

Out of the number, 127 are currently before the court while 458 have been granted bail.

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The country’s COVID-19 case count stands at 1,154 as of Wednesday, April 22, 2020, according to the Ghana Health Service. 120 patients have recovered with nine deaths. earlier reported that a laboratory test conducted on COA FS drug by the Cape Coast Teaching hospital has confirmed that the product does not contain E-Coli and is not yeast or mould contaminated as claimed by the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority.

It will be recalled that a press release dated April 17, 2020, and signed by Mrs Delese A.A Darko, the Chief executive officer of the FDA, indicated that COA FS drug contained E-Coli that makes individuals prone to kidney failure.

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