Veterinary lab in Sekondi-Takoradi to begin testing COVID-19 samples

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An advanced laboratory at the Sekondi-Takoradi Veterinary Service Department is expected to run COVID-19 testing in the coming weeks.

The facility is Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) which implies that it is appropriate for work involving microbes which can cause serious and potentially lethal disease.

The Western Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah said this is in line with the President’s televised message on the countries response and progress in managing the COVID-19 crisis.

The President during the address announced that deliberate measures have been put in place to enhance capacities of existing testing facilities in Accra and Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi and other facilities across the country.

The Western Regional Minister disclosed this when the management of Eagle Properties, parent company of Eagle Lodge and The Palms Hotel all in Takoradi donated an amount of Twenty-five thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 25,000.00) to support the fight against COVID-19.

Emmanuella Kwoffie, HR of Eagles Properties in an interview with Angel News said the company decided to step in to help the testing lab in Takoradi to ease the number of people getting infected with the novel coronavirus in the region.

The Minister, in his remarks stressed on the need for corporate entities to support the fight against the disease.

He noted that such effort need to be centralized around testing, as ‘we take precautions in contracting and spreading the disease’

“We believing that one of the key ingredients in tackling this disease is testing. If we are able to test as quickly as possible, we can isolate as quickly as possible and start treatment” he said.

Regional Veterinary Officer, Dr. Simon Gbene disclosed that the facility “is one of the topmost in the whole of West Africa. In fact it is Biosafety Level 3, and it is the same Noguchi is using, just that theirs is bigger. So we are well resourced.

“For Western Region, I don’t think we will be having any backlogs. Any sample that comes, we can run it on the same day,” Dr. Gbene noted.

Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Nana Fynn

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