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General News of Monday, 27 April 2020

Source: GNA

UHAS laboratory begins COVID-19 testing

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The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) laboratory in Ho is to begin testing for COVID-19 from tomorrow, Monday, April 27, 2020.

This is to expand the country's testing capacity to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

Dr. Senanu Kwasi Dzokoto, Deputy Volta Regional Director of Health in charge of Public Health who confirmed this to the Ghana News Agency said, "This new addition will further strengthen the enhanced surveillance and contact tracing, which is in full operation."

He asked all District Rapid Response Teams in the Volta and Oti Regions to "purposefully utilise" the services of the laboratory to improve the ability to detect, isolate and manage all COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Dzokoto said all samples could be sent to the UHAS laboratory located at the main Sokode campus of the University and asked that "all existing guidelines for sample packaging and transportation should strictly be applied."

He commended all staff of the Health Service and other stakeholders for the dedication and resilience and called for more support to contain the pandemic.

The Volta region has ten confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the national case count at 1550, eleven deaths and 155 recoveries as at Sunday, April 26, 2020.