The Government would begin mass Coronavirus testing of residents in epicenters tomorrow, Presidential Adviser on Health, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare has disclosed.
These epicenters including Greater Accra and Ashanti Region as well as its contiguous districts would benefit from the exercise to help detect those who are positive and negative for the virus in enhancing measures to curtail the spread.
Speaking at a press briefing today in Accra ahead of the lockdown of the two regions in the country, Dr Asare noted that the movement by the government would help foster necessary services to the needed residents and separate the infected individuals from the non infected ones.
That, he said could prevent the spread of the virus among residents for people to carry on their daily life activities to save the economy from sinking.
Dr Asare explained that the new strategy would serve as a first aid to detect positive people before they start developing the symptoms, adding that this would help find remedy for the infected people at their early stage.
“We will not wait until a person has developed symptoms before testing, we are going to test and test and test,” he stressed.
Dr Asare indicated that those who have come into contact with individuals tested positive for the virus would be tested, for them to know their status as soon as possible.
The movement, Dr Asare stated was learnt from some countries including Singapore, Japan and south Korea to deal with the virus in mitigating its spread.
He stressed that, early testing of residents was proven to very effective in the aforementioned countries battling with Covid-19, hence Ghana’s decision to adopt it.
Dr Asare encouraged the public not to panic but to support the exercise in making the government decision to protect lives and livelihoods of the citizenry come to pass.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE