Kofi Obeng writes:
Ghana is gradually losing the COVID-19 fight and neglectful citizens are not the only people to blame for this retrogression. The government must monitor the activities of our major testing centers, most especially Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research if only the institution is not acting according to instructions from government. We are aware that testing is one part of the COVID-19 fight and so things must be rightfully done on time to help control the spread of the virus. I am not happy with the way our testing centers are handling their part of the COVID fight. Why should a test result take a week or more to be ready? Can everyone afford to stay at home for a week or more without working just to wait for test results? One report I ve received from people who work closely with Noguchi is that, attention has been shifted from samples of suspected cases submitted by contact tracers and the institution is busy cashing in on people who need COVID-19 clearance to travel out of the country. So my question is how long can a suspected case wait at home for his/her test result to be ready to make decisions? How do a breadwinner stay home for a week without working…? There are positive cases walking around town doing their businesses because their test results are taking weeks to be ready and they do not know they have COVID or not because they see no signs and symptoms. If workers in our testing centers have been overwhelmed with samples then the government must come in to recruit more laboratory scientists.
One other report I’ve received is the deliberate attempt by some workers at the testing centers to withhold results and get people to pay before they release them. This is very bad and something needs to be done about that. Personally I think some workers at the testing centers are not doing what they are supposed to do to keep us on track in this fight.