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Gov’t To Roll Out A Voluntary Mass Testing For Commercial Drivers, Food Vendors In Obuasi

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Head of Disease Surveillance of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Franklin Bekoe has disclosed that, the government is planning to roll out a compulsory mass testing programme for all commercial drivers and food vendors in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region as part of the effort put in place to curtail the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in the area.

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Addressing the press on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Dr. Bekoe said taxi drivers, food vendors, and other high-risk persons will undertake the mass testing exercise.

Obuasi has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Ashanti Region.

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“We are going to carry out enhanced contact-tracing in the very high-risk areas. Obuasi has very densely populated areas like Central Market, Anyinam, Asankore, Wawaso among others…We are also going to do mass voluntary testing among certain risk groups including taxi drivers and food vendors. That is a way of trying to address surveillance and contact management in Obuasi,” he said.

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Meanwhile, new update released by Ghana Health Service shows a rise in Ghana’s Covid 19 case count as it hit 5,918 with 31 deaths and 1,754 recoveries.

By: Felicia Gyasiwaah Dadzie / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ / [email protected] / Ghana / 2020

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