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COVID-19: Noguchi Memorial Institute tests 100k Samples

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has undertaken a total of one hundred thousand test samples of suspected COVID-19 cases especially across the southern parts of the Ghana since the outbreak of the disease some two months ago.

Prof. Abraham Kwabena Annan who maintained that the cost of the testing of the samples is very expensive to the extent that close to six to seven million Ghana cedis has been expended since the outbreak adding that the center could undertake seven thousand test a day if it were well resourced.

The Director of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research Prof. Abraham Kwabena Annan who made the disclosure on Thursday April 30, 2020 during an interview with OTECFM’s NYANSAPO morning show hosted by Captain Koda insisted that the research center have improved on the figure if was well resourced to its maximum capacity.

Ghana has recorded 403 more cases of Covid-19, taking the tally to 2,074, the Ghana Health Service says.

On its Covid-19 website, the Service says 212 people have recovered from the disease. One more person has died, increasing to death toll to 17.

Greater Accra still has the highest cases of the disease with 1,795 infections. Ashanti has 99, Eastern 70, Central 21, Oti, 19 and Upper East 19.

Volta region has 16 cases, Northern 13, Upper West, 10, Western 9, North East 2, and Western North 1.

But speaking to the host, Prof. Abraham Kwabena Annan noted that the research institute has collaborated with other centers to mount other testing centers to help facilitate the process of the sample test, adding that with the growing number of COVID-19 cases it was prudent to increase the testing centers.

Prof. Abraham Kwabena Annan disclosed, “We have spent close to six to seven million Ghana cedis on the test so far with the exclusion of the machines used in the testing. A well refurnished machine for carrying out standardized COVID-19 test would cost about forty thousand dollars. It is refreshing to note that more centers for sample test are being established in other regions apart from Kumasi and Accra and there are plans for private laboratories to also be resourced to start testing in future.”

Touching on the wearing of the nose mask and observations of other protocols, Prof. Abraham Kwabena Annan  charged the public to be responsible in adhering to the protocols insisting that everything should not be left to the government to provide for all needs in this COVID era.

He underscored the need for the wearing of the nose mask to be a matter of major concern maintaining that it remains one of the surest way to prevent the widespread of the disease.

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com

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