The laboratory at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, testing COVID-19 samples has received equipment from the Health Ministry to enhance its testing capacity.
The testing equipment would also aid research on the coronavirus disease.
The equipment, a full set PRC Real-time Machine was given by the Ghana Atomic Energy, after it received it as part of logistical support from the Vienna based International Atomic Energy Commission.
Receiving the equipment, Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, disclosed that the upgrade will help the centre meet testing demands from beyond the Volta and Oti Regions.
“With this new Testing and Research Equipment, the Ho Covid-19 Testing Centre could now test 2,300 samples within 24 hours; hitherto, the Centre could only run 100 to 300 samples within the said hours,” he said.
The laboratory begun testing COVID-19 samples in April this year.
At the time it started operations, the Volta and Oti regions together confirmed 27 positive cases of the virus.
However, as at Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Volta region alone has recorded 33 confirmed cases with 28 recoveries, one death and the remaining said to be responding to treatment.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Professor John Owusu Gyapong, was also present to receive the equipment.