Coronavirus: We’re under pressure – Noguchi boss laments

The principal testing institution for the novel coronavirus in the country Noguchi Memorial Institute says it is under pressure.

According to the head of the Institute Prof. Kwabena Annang, Ghana will not be able to do rapid tests if numbers of the coronavirus increase in the country.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Friday, Prof. Kwabena Annang said “we are really under immense pressure and as it is going to into multi-drive because COVID 19, there are two options only for every country. You must be able to test and do the test rapidly and intelligently to be able to do so regardless, as a nation and not to cast dust into the air”.

He added: “Believe that as a nation, we need means to control it and the only means to control it is enhanced testing”.

Prof. Annang also added that the institute needs to embark on maintenance of equipment used to carry out the test which cost millions of dollars.

“We are using equipment which are very high earned and we need to do some maintenance to be able to run more test of the COVID 19,” he said.

The call for upscale in testing comes after the country confirmed the first two cases of the coronavirus. Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu announced last night that the two cases involved a top Norwegian diplomat and a Ghanaian who returned from Turkey.

Ghana/ Essien



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