The Ministry of Health has directed all public COVID-19 testing laboratories that offer walk-in services, to conduct free testing of the virus for residents in Ghana.
The Ministry, however, indicated that the free COVID-19 testing will be done for requests such as ill-health, contact tracing and exposure.
“The Ministry of Health has decided that public COVID-19 testing laboratories providing walk-in services can charge only charge travellers for testing,” it said in a statement issued on January 27, 2021.
“All other walk-in requests such as ill-health, contact tracing and exposure must be done free-of-charge using public health resources,” it added.
The directive by the Ministry of Health became very necessary following the recent surge on COVID-19 cases in the country.
According to the Ghana Health Service, the country recorded 616 new cases, taking the number of active cases to 3,813, as at January 23, 2021.
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