We’re ready for COVID-19 testing after schools’ reopening – Medical Lab Scientists
Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) says it is prepared to assist in the management of COVID-19 cases following the resumption of schools from their Coronavirus-induced break.
The group maintains that its 18 testing facilities across the country, other assisting centres, as well as the private institutions, are equipped to test samples due to reopening of schools .
In a statement, GAMLS assured Ghanaians of the ability of COVID-19 testing laboratories to test and produce results within 48 hours should there be the need to respond to crises that may arise because of the reopening of schools.
It added that there are enough COVID-19 testing kits in the Country for use and this in the meantime can support testing for any anticipated rise in case numbers. Requests
Meanwhile, the laboratory scientists want the government to among other things to ensure that all regional hospitals have effective and efficient COVID-19 testing centres running.
Also, they are asking the government to initiate steps to procure and supply adequate PPE looking at the time required to receive ordered supplies to avert shortages when needed.
“To quickly correct all anomalies with respect to the payment of COVID-19 insurance to all medical laboratory professionals who qualify, the unpaid allowance to contact tracers and 50% allowance to frontline personnel. We need not allow the protraction of such issues to water down the gains made in fighting the pandemic. Full commitment of medical laboratory professionals and all health workers is needed more than before”, the statement added.
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