- The University of Health and Allied Sciences would from today, Monday, April 27, 2020, start testing COVID-19 samples
- This move is in line with Ghana’s objectives of expanding its capacity for testing for the COVID-19
- The move is expected to reduce the waiting time for the confirmation of cases
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News reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that laboratory at the University of Health and Allied Sciences would from today, Monday, April 27, 2020, start testing COVID-19 samples.
The UHAS lab would help reduce the workload on the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) as well as the Kumasi Centre for Research which have been at the forefront for testing COVID-19 collected samples.
This move is also in line with Ghana’s objectives of expanding its capacity for testing for the COVID-19.
A memo issued to district directors of health services in the Volta and Oti regions from the acting Director of Public Health at the Volta Region read: “This new addition will further strengthen the enhanced surveillance and contact tracing which is in full operation.”
In order to improve the ability to detect, isolate and manage all COVID-19 cases, the various COVID-19 response teams in the Volta and Oti regions have since been advised to ensure that they utilize the services of the laboratory.
“All samples can be sent to the UHAS lab located at the main Sokode campus. All existing guidelines for sample packaging and transportation should strictly be applied,” the statement added.
Also, testing some of the samples in Ho is expected to reduce the waiting time for the confirmation of cases.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that in a bid to augment the already existing health facilities that are fronting in the fight of the coronavirus otherwise known as the COVID-19, President Akufo-Addo has revealed that 88 district hospitals are going to be built.
According to the president, the virus has exposed the deficiencies and unequal distribution of health care facilities in the country.
The president said the government has over the years focused on infrastructure in the two big cities to the detriment of the rest.
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