Head of Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Prof. William Kwabena Ampofo says the Ghanaian health authority is putting measures in place for the mobile testing of Covid-19 infections in due course.
Whiles Addressing the media in Accra, on Thursday, at the Ministry of Information’s bi-weekly briefing on the COVID-19 Case Count and Management, Prof. Ampofo the equipment, has arrived while the training of personnel to undertake the testing has started.
This announcement follows recent shortage of reagents and other medical supplies in the country, which impeded testing samples and thus, delayed the release of test results.
The very first shipment of bulk supplies arrived in Accra on Saturday, July 4, from China, the second arrived today, July 9, and the third consignment is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, tomorrow, July 10, and subsequently be airlifted by the Ethiopian Airlines to the country.
Some of the equipment and medical supplies received so far include; 100,000 scrubs, 150,000 sample collection medium, 100,000 KN95 masks, more than 700,000 natural examination gloves and 260,000 PCR devices for Covid-19 testing.
Prof. Ampofo explained with the arrival of the medical logistics, the network of laboratories testing for COVID-19 would be conducting between 100,000 and 300,000 tests.
Touching on the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for testing, Prof. Ampofo said the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) had not yet approved any RDT for mass testing.
But , the health authorities are considering plans to use RDT to test persons who had recovered from COVID-19 after 14 days of discharge to determine their immune status and ascertain whether they had developed antibodies against the virus
By Naa Ayorkor Laryea