In a bid to expedite the rate at which COVID19 samples are being tested, the government has begun using drones to transport samples to laboratories for testing.
President Akufo-Addo made this known in his seventh address to the nation concerning update on the country’s fight against the coronavirus.
“Government has also introduced the use of drones to expedite the transportation of samples to laboratory centres. On Friday, 17th April, for example, fifty-one (51) samples were delivered from the Omenako Drone Distribution Centre to Noguchi,” he said.
The President also says that the government is also “introducing rapid results testing to augment our surveillance and enhanced contact tracing efforts, so that we can quickly isolate and treat confirmed cases.”
He says that the country has so far tested nearly 70,000 samples and this has helped the government understand better the dynamism of the virus, map out its geographic footprint, and establish current and potential hotspots.
From the sixty-eight thousand, five hundred and ninety-one (68,591) samples tested, we have been able to understand better the dynamism of the virus, map out its geographic footprint, and establish current and potential hotspots. We have also been able to isolate and educate asymptomatic carriers, and, thereby, help minimise the spread of the virus,” the president said in the televised address on Sunday, April 19, 2020
The President affirmed that the country’s feat in conducting over 60,000 sample tests have earned it the number spot in the continent in administering of tests per million people.
Ghana has recorded 1,042 cases of the coronavirus with ninety-nine recoveries and nine deaths.
The spike in Ghana’s cases has been linked to the government enhanced contact tracing measures.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has lifted the three-week partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi although maintaining the ban on social gatherings.
He has also extended the closure of the country’s borders by two more weeks.
The President says that extension is because an “overwhelming majority of confirmed cases have come from travellers or from people who have come into contact with travellers”
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com