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.