Ghana’s Northern Regional capital, Tamale, will begin the testing of Covid-19 samples collected from the northern part of the country to ensure quick turnaround time for results.
The testing took effect on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the Ghana News Agency reported.
Equipment at the Public Health Reference Laboratory is capable of running a total of 288 Covid-19 tests in a day, officials indicated to the state agency.
Dr Abass Abdul Karim, Head of Public Health Reference Laboratory in Tamale, who announced this on Tuesday, said the facility’s readiness to begin testing Covid-19 samples would reduce the workload on the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) as well as save costs.
Since the recording of the first two positive cases of COVID-19 in the country on March 12, the suspected cases samples collected from the northern part of the country have been sent to the KCCR in Kumasi for testing, a situation, which increased the workload on the facility (KCCR) leading to delayed release of test results.
The Ghana Health Service and for that matter the government also incurred huge costs transporting the COVID-19 samples from the northern part of the country to KCCR for testing.
Dr Abdul Karim described the readiness of the Public Health Reference Laboratory in Tamale to begin testing of COVID-19 samples collected from the northern part of the country as “a giant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic”.
All five, except the Savannah Region, have recorded cases of the Coronavirus.
By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org