A laboratory worker places a test tube containing a patient's sample into a box during coronavirus detection tests in the virology research labs at UZ Leuven university hospital in Leuven, Belgium, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. China has kick-started a clinical trial to speedily test a drug for the novel coronavirus infection as the nation rushes therapies for those afflicted and scours for vaccines to protect the rest. Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Results of the remaining seven (7) our of eighteen (18) suspected COVID 19 cases from the Western Region, are yet to be confirmed, the Public Health Directorate of the region has stated.
The test results are still being processed at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, said the Heath Promotions Officer of the Western Region Directorate of the Public Health, Daniel Bomfeh.
According to him, eleven out of a total of eighteen samples submitted for viral test, came out negative. He added that the cases are concentrated in Sekondi, Tarkwa and Effia Kwesimintsim Municipality.
Asked when the results of the remainder will be shared with directorate, Mr Bomfeh answered that; “I can’t give a definite date as when they will arrive. It may be today or tomorrow”
The Region over the past weeks have been thrown into a state of anxiety over these suspected cases. Rumors have gone viral of a spread of the disease in communities these suspected persons reside. But Mr Bomfeh warns that such communications are dangerous and must be stopped.
“The rumors, the videos are scary, … there is fear and panic but we doing some risk communication to assure the people that, yes its scary but we have put in measures to control the pandemic” he added.