The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is warning the public against conducting COVID-19 tests at undesignated centers in the Ashanti Region.
It follows reports that some staff of the service is purporting to offer COVID-19 tests for travelers in some of its facilities in the region.
According to the GHS, only Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) and the regional public health reference laboratory (PHR Lab) has been designated to conduct coronavirus test for travelers and contact tracing in the region.
In a circular addressed to all medical directors and superintendents, the GHS said: “The regional health directorate has not designated any other Ghana Health Service facility to do COVID-19 tests for travelers or walk-in clients. Members of the general public have been advised via a press statement not to patronize persons who claim to offer COVID-19 tests for travelers or walk-in clients in GHS facilities.”
The Ghana Health Service is also warning the public against engaging the services of its staff in facilities other than the KCCR and PHR Lab.
At least nine more persons have died of COVID-19 taking Ghana’s death toll to 542, health officials announced on Monday.
The country’s active cases now stand at 7,850 after 656 new coronavirus cases were confirmed at the laboratories.
As of 11 February 2021, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) reports that the country’s total confirmed cases increased to 76, 492 out of which 68,100 have recovered.
So far, 87 persons are in severe situations while 31 remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 1,175 with 973 recoveries.
Breakdown of regional cases
Greater Accra Region – 44,580
Ashanti Region – 13,641
Western Region – 4,442
Eastern Region – 3,299
Central Region – 2,664
Volta Region – 1,323
Bono East Region – 951
Northern Region – 827
Upper East Region – 814
Bono Region – 779
Western North Region – 747
Ahafo Region – 625
Oti Region – 258
Upper West Region – 257
Savannah Region – 68
North East Region – 42