Ghana offers free COVID-19 tests

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Public laboratories in Ghana will now be offering COVID-19 tests to any resident free of charge, the country’s Health Ministry has directed following rising cases of the deadly virus.

In a communique dated Wednesday, January 27 and widely shared online the public facilities are to “charge travellers for testing”.

The ministry also said, “all other walk-in requests such as ill-health, contact tracing and exposure must be done free-of-charge using public health resources.”

Per a Ghana Health Service report COVID-19 tests should be ready within 48 hours but reports from other citizens have indicated otherwise.

The country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases has now risen to 62, 751 with 377 deaths.

Concerns have been raised by medical experts following the surge with non-adherence to safety protocols to blame.

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