Public Relations Officer of Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS), Dr Dennis Adu-Gyasi has disclosed that there is pressure on the facilities that are handling larger contact tracing and testing of Covid-19.
According to him, although a number of 15 to16 facilities are having modules that can handle four samples at a time, they cannot subject all to the testing of Covid.
“I can say that about 15 to 16 facilities are using the gene expert for testing but then these gene experts are having models that can handle four samples at a time in addition to Tuberculosis (TB) and for that matter, you can’t have all the modules dedicated to Covid testing,” he said on JoyNews‘ The Probe.
He added that; “most of the facilities will end up dealing with only few patients and may still have to refer cases to the bigger facilities for some of the contact tracing and cases that are not urgently on admission,” he said.
Adu-Gyasi said not less than 20 facilities in Ghana are conducting PCR testing of Covid-19.
He further added that “we have given the indication that there is a machine that we are using for the TB testing and if we should get the re-agent we should be able to use it for Covid -19.”
Mr Adu-Gyasi noted that every region in Ghana has been given a particular facility that is handling the testing to avoid samples concentrating at a particular facility as it happened during the first wave of the infection.