Takoradi COVID-19 Lab to have a new PCR machine to boost testing capacity

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The Takoradi COVID-19 test laboratory, will in the shorted possible time, be equipped with an additional capacity to run tests on about six hundred samples of suspected cases of COVID-19, as well as contacts of infected persons, per day. This news was received with some relief, particularly at a time when over 4,800 samples are pending for COVID-19 testing.

Western Regional Minister, Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah who hinted of the installation of a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine over the week, to shore up the testing capacity of the laboratory.

Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, Western Regional Minister

He continued that some GENEXPERT machines are being mobilized from across the region to be retrofitted to run COVID-19 test.

“We have some machines at the Public Health Lab at Effian Nkwanta, Tarkwa, and Amenfi West, which we will also want to calibrate so they can do some of the testing because of the numbers that are coming. So I beleive that if we are able to do the machine this week, we will be able to quickly as possible, clear the backlog” he told the press.

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