The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) has re-echoed the need for an aggressive testing and case detection for covid-19 following the spike in confirmed cases.

In a statement issued by the Association urged the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and other regulatory authorities to speed up the validation and registration of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits in line with global acceptable standards to be deployed.

“The RDTs when available could be used in areas with detected cases by qualified and trained Medical Laboratory” the statement noted.

Covid-19 in Ghana

Ghana has recorded 64 more cases of the covid-19 pandemic on Thursday bringing the number to 132.

Out of the latest update of 132 cases, 78 are from persons in mandatory quarantine. These persons were not allowed into the general population. Treatment has commenced for them.

According to the GHS, the sudden spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travellers entering Ghana, as directed by the president.

The great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (UK).

The number of confirmed cases among travellers under mandatory quarantine who have been tested is seventy-eight (78).

In respect of contact tracing, a total of 970 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. Out of these, two hundred and four (204) have completed the 14 days mandatory follow up.

 

Below is the full statement by GAMLS

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