Covid-19: Health Facilities Running Out Of Test Kits

Reports making waves on the media scene suggests that a good number of Public Health Facilities in the Greater Accra region are fast running out of Viral Transport Medium (VTM) and swab kits used for the Covid-19 test.

This according to authorities is a result of the increasing number of people rushing to the facilities for voluntary tests with the country’s case count going up.

Reports suggest that individuals who voluntarily go to the Korle-Bu teaching hospital and the Ga South Municipal Hospital to test for Covid-19 are referred to other private health facilities or asked to come on another date all because of the shortage of testing kits.

A health worker at the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital who spoke to the reporters on condition of anonymity, said in the past few days, the Facility received many requests for COVID-19 test, but testing kits were inadequate.

“What is happening now is that when the people come for testing, we ask them to go and come back later, and this is risky because some may not come back again,” the source said.

‘The source described the situation as dire, saying, “we, workers here don’t even have the kits to use for ourselves. We are all at risk.”

Confirming the development, a senior nurse at the Ga South Municipal Hospital explained that the facility was almost overwhelmed by requests for Covid-19 tests after the festive season and called for support from stakeholders to contain the spread of the virus.

Requests are coming every day but we don’t have the swab kits. Francis, a staff, was just referred to a private facility an hour ago,” the Nurse said.

Emanuel Gyasi-Qauo, a trader, who suspected he had contracted the virus told the GNA that when he visited the GSMH on Friday to test for COVID-19, he was asked to come back later.

He said he had lost the sense of taste and smell, felt uncomfortable, and wanted to know his status in time but turned away.

I couldn’t wait to be called by the GSMH because I was not given any specific date, my only option was to get tested in a private facility and the results were delivered to me after four hours,” he said.


By: Edwin Abanga



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