COVID-19: Government Will Not Conduct Mass Testing-Dr. Nsiah …
Senior presidential advisor on health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, has said government will not embark on mass Covid-19 testing of citizens.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has chastise the Akufo-Addo led government for failing to conduct mass Covid-19 testing for all Ghanaians in way to control the coronavirus epidemic.
“As a country, we are not doing mass testing. If you do mass testing today will you do mass testing again in two weeks’ time or every two days? Because when you test today and it is negative you can be positive in four days’ time,” he said.
“We can’t continuously do mass testing every day since it is not cost effective or a cost benefit to the country. We contact-trace and test and that it is not mass testing that will solve this problem,” he noted.
Dr. Asare told Parliament that Ghana started doing enhanced contact tracing and testing even before some other countries started.
“As a country, we are also looking at the resources we have available, and if you want to do mass testing it means almost everywhere in the country we have to send VCRs and let people queue to be tested,” he pointed out.
“We have 11,431 people who have recovered – a person who is not likely to infect anybody, 24 people with severe conditions and six in critical condition,” Dr. Asare stated and disclosed that the country has 95 validated deaths.
“What it means is that we have 3,947 people still at home, isolation centres or in hospitals,” he added.
By: Richard Obeng Bediako / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / Richardobengbediako@gmail.com / Ghana / 2020