GHS To Conduct Mandatory Testing For Persons In Lockdown Areas

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is to provide mandatory testing for all persons in the restricted areas of the Greater Accra Region and the Ashanti Region to ascertain the actual number of persons infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) or otherwise.

Per a targeted strategy, the service intends continuing testing of all persons in mandatory quarantine after which all persons suspected to have come into contact with infected persons would be also tested, then after, all others would be tested during the two-week partial lockdown.

Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare who made this known at a news conference in Accra on Sunday noted that the “strategic plan is to detect and contain the cases especially local transmissions.”

“We are increasing testing in this period so we are not waiting for people to develop symptoms, once there is a positive case, everyone in the household will be tested and in the community, so we will be coming to your homes and we expect that you give us information on suspected cases,” he pointed out.

Dr. Nsiah-Asare alluded to the fact that Ghana’s COVID-19 cases will possibly escalate with the intensified testing “but once we are able to plateau then we can begin to see a decline so we expect all Ghanaians to cooperate with us.”

He was quick to add, however, that ongoing testing in other regions will not stop during the exercise in the restricted areas.

Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye indicated that so far, 14 individuals are receiving treatment from their homes after undergoing management in isolation centres.

Source: Ghanaweb

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