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No Covid-19 Mass Testing For Ghanaians

The senior presidential advisor on health issues, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, has stated   that there will be No Covid-19 Mass Testing For Ghanaians.

Some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), including their Members of Parliament (MPs), have called the government for not rolling out concrete mass Corona virus testing program even though the recorded cases of the disease are increasing.

National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for Juaboso, Hon. Kwabena Mintah Akando who also double as the ranking member on the Health Committee, indicated that lack of mass testing underscores the fact that government has misplaced priorities.

Speaking in parliament Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare explained that mass testing of the corona virus is not the best way to go as a nation since it is not cost effective and that Ghana does not have the resources to conduct mass testing of Ghanaians every 2- weeks.

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“As a country, we are not doing mass testing for the virus. If you do mass testing today will you do mass testing again in two weeks’ time or every two days? Because when you test today and it is negative you can be positive in four days’ time,” Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare said.

“Ghana can’t continuously do  covid-19 mass testing every day since it is not cost effective or a cost benefit to the country. We contact-trace and test and that it is not mass testing that will solve this problem,” Dr. Nsiah noted.

Dr. Anthony Nsiah told Parliament that,the country has started doing enhanced contact tracing and testing even before some other countries started.

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“As a country, we are also looking at the resources available to us, and if we want to do mass testing for the virus it means almost everywhere in the country we have to send VCRs and let people queue to be tested,” he pointed out.

Dr.Asare also added that what is important to us as a nation, is adhering to the preventive protocols, which he said is more beneficial than mass testing.

Given Ghana’s Covid-19 situation, the presidential advisor on health said as of midnight on Wednesday, 283,124 individuals had been tested out of which 15,473 turned positive for the virus.

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“We have 12,720 people who have recovered – a person who is not likely to infect anybody, 24 people with severe conditions and six in critical condition,” Dr. Asare stated and disclosed that the country has 112 validated deaths.

“What it means is that we have 3,947 people still at home, isolation centers or in hospitals,” he added.

 

BY- GhanaHealthCheck.Com || No Covid-19 Mass Testing For Ghanaians ||

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