Ghana is considering revising its standard testing that determines the recovery of COVID-19 patients, in order to decongest facilities, and ease pressure on testing laboratories, the Director-General for the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said on Thursday.
Disclosing this during the regular media update on the status of Ghana’s fight against the pandemic, Kuma-Aboagye said it had become necessary to review the process since the two negative tests Ghana uses had constraints due to congestion at the testing laboratories.
“We have set the bar very high with the requirement for two negative tests, but this creates huge backlogs since the laboratories are under pressure to carry out tests from routine surveillance and contact tracing,” he explained.
He said this was the reason that Ghana still had patients with their first negative tests in quarantine since they were awaiting their confirmation tests.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the West African country has increased to 3,091 after the GHS confirmed 372 more cases on Thursday. The number of recovered cases also increased to 303, with nine new recoveries recorded. Enditem