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General News of Monday, 30 March 2020

Source: Global Media Alliance

Mass testing for coronavirus cases should be properly examined – Amb. Boateng

Edward Boateng, Ghana Edward Boateng, Ghana

Ghana’s Ambassador to China H.E Edward Boateng has opined that calls for the mass testing of Ghanaians for Coronavirus must be critically examined.

He explained his stance using his experiences in China as a focal point during a virtual panel discussion co-organised by two media giants in Ghana, Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company (GMABC) and Kencity Media he said: ‘’In China they didn't do mass testing as is being done in USA. And I think that is the approach we should employ in Ghana. In China, you are only tested when you have high temperatures exceeding a certain threshold and that is a more creative way to go about the testing’’

According to H.E Amb. Boateng, embarking on mass testing does not necessarily guarantee that someone who tested negative won’t be infected if the person acts recklessly.

‘I believe the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo’s approach of testing people who have been exposed and exhibiting symptoms is the best way to go. Mass testing may not be worthwhile’’ he stated. The dialogue which aired on Happy FM, e.TV Ghana, Net2 Television, Oman FM, ASH FM and was streamed live on social media featured the following experts who worked with H.E Amb. Boateng, Dr. Ama Edwin, a Physician Clinical Psychologist and Biothicist, UGMC, Mr. Abu Osuman, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Ghana Beijing China, Dr. Percy Akuetteh, Hepatobiliary Surgery PhD student and Chairman of Ghanaian Community Association Wenzhou chapter, Mr. Sampson Opoku, PhD Candidate and NUGS Chapter President, Wuhan-China and Miss Gloria Akpabla, Women’s Commissioner, NUGS China.

The virtual dialogue was moderated by Samuel Eshun, host of ‘Happy Morning Show’ on Happy FM and Abedi Anim host of The Dialogue on Net 2 TV.

The theme for the panel discussion was Covid-19, Dealing with the Challenges: A Dialogue with Ghanaians in China.

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