A member of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) has hinted that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo did not address any of their demands presented to him before easing restrictions on social gathering.
The association fears that there will be upsurges of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the coming days due to the easing of restriction on public gatherings. GAMLS believes that measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus are not enough.
Sharing his frustrations on Adom 106.3 FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for GAMLS, Dr.Deninis Adu-Gyasi stated that there is clear evidence that large gatherings provide the most fertile grounds for the spread of the virus.
He maintained that the only way to contain the spread of the virus is to have more testing centres to conduct extensive testing to ascertain who has the virus or not.
According to him prior to the partial easing of the restrictions on public gatherings, his association wrote to government to make adequate provisions for COVID-19 testing to include the use of more Real-Time PCR for testing in all clinical laboratories, and the operationalization of over 100 GeneXpert equipment and use of Rapid Diagnostics tests kits as approved by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) for mass screening by qualified professionals.
Again they called on government to build the capacity of medical laboratories across the country immediately to provide routine and additional complementary testing (such as Malaria diagnosis, Urinalysis, Stool R/E, Full Blood Count, liver function tests and other tests of importance) to help in the management of COVID-19 patients in our hospitals since most of the laboratories in Ghana lack these infrastructures.
He noted with sadness, saying none of these demands have been met by the state to merit the easing of restrictions placed on social gathering announced by the president during his tenth televised address to the nation on updates to Ghana’s Enhanced Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH