The Greater Accra Regional hospitality, Ridge where covid-19 test is done for free for people showing covid-19 symptoms is currently unable to release the test results timely as many suspected victims are asked to go home and wait for a call or come in weeks to confirm their covid-19 status.
A nurse at the disease control unit of the hospital where the results are supposed to be released to the suspected patients explained the delays are due to the numbers of test done daily.
She further revealed that all the government hospitals send their samples to the Nugochi Memorial Institute for Medical Research where the tests are done but obviously the huge numbers put pressure on the facility to release all the results at a time and thus releases it in batches.
On the faces of these suspected covid-19 victims who have either come into contact with an infected person or showing symptoms is that of frustration, fear and panic as well as dilemma.
Some of the disappointment suspected covid-19 victims spoke with the Republic Press on condition of anonymity.
“I did my test last week, I was told to come today for the results but now I’m being told to go and check again tomorrow. I find it difficult to go about my usual activities because I still don’t know whether I am negative or not. I had difficulty in breathing and coughing when I came, my condition is somehow better.”
“I think is because is free, because I know people who did it at a private facility and had their results in hours later. When I came here with an issue of cough, headache and sneezing, I was told to do the test for free, I felt happy but today is like more than a week since I did he test but they said my name is not part of the list so I should check later, I just want to know, I don’t feel free when I hear the cases are increasing.”
A pregnant mother also said “ me kraa diee33 today is two weeks ooo, the nurses said tomorrow but I don’t sneeze or cough again. “
“As for me, I came into contact with someone who had it but the person tested negative later, I just want to know about mine too, as you can see I am fine.”
“I forgot to come and check ooo, it was when I heard the cases are increasing that I came to see my results but I did a lot of remedies at home, oh like two weeks now ooo, they said I should call.”
The Health Ministry has directed all public health testing laboratories not to charge residents in Ghana for COVID-19 testing.
In a communiqué to all public health testing laboratories dated January 27, 2021, the ministry said it “has decided that public COVID-19 testing laboratories providing walk-in services can charge only charge travellers for testing”.
The ministry also said, “all other walk-in requests such as ill-health, contact tracing and exposure must be done free-of-charge using public health resources.”
This was after many Ghanaians have been concerns over the cost of and access to testing amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in country
For persons who are able to test, there are questions about the timelines for the delivery of test results.
The Ghana Health Services has said test results should be ready within 48 hours.
The recent surge in infections has seen 616 new cases move Ghana up to 3,813 active cases from 1,330 cases on January 8.
The GHS has recorded 377 deaths from the virus out of 62,751 confirmed cases whilst 58,561 persons have recovered or have been discharged after infections.
Currently, all 16 regions in the country have registered Coronavirus cases with the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western, Eastern, and Central regions leading with the highest rate of infections.
Five more people have died from COVID-19 bringing the death toll in the country to 377.
616 new COVID-19 infections have also been recorded.
According to the Ghana Health Service, the active cases currently stand at 3,813.
Ghana has so far recorded a total of 62,751 COVID-19 cases with 58,561 recoveries since the country had its first case in March 2020.
Currently, all 16 regions in the country have registered Coronavirus cases with the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western, Eastern, and Central regions leading with the highest rate of infections
According to the centre for disease control and prevention (CDC), there are two kinds of tests available for COVID-19.
A viral tests and antibody tests. A viral test tells you if you have a current infection while an antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection.
It also stated that a people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19; People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot socially distance as needed, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings or have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, state health department should do just that.
It however cautioned that not everyone needs to be tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.