COVID-19: Mass Sample Collection To Start In Upper West Region

Coronavirus Tests

The Ghana Health Service is to commence a mass sample collection exercise to test over 2,000 persons who are likely to be infected with COVID-19 in the Upper West Region.

The number includes some contact persons who were traced to confirmed COVID-19 cases and travellers from outside Ghana who came into the region.

It also involves persons who visited health facilities in the region with complaints that are linked to the case definition for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Upper West Regional Health Director, Dr. Osei Kuffuor Afreh said the mass testing has become necessary because seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area have moved the region from a low to medium-risk region.

“More than 2,000 persons have entered our low-risk system and put us into medium risk so possibly from Tuesday, April 14, 2020, we will be doing some mass sample collection exercise and further testing of all the 2,000 persons.”

Ghana now has 636 Coronavirus cases including 17 recoveries and 8 deaths.

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source: CNR

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