Health Ministry Orders COVID-19 Labs To Conduct Free Testing

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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.

See Also: List Of Certified COVID-19 Testing Centres In Ghana


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