Government says it is shifting attention from the COVID-19 targetted mass testing to other significant areas of the fight against the viral disease.
According to the National COVID-19 Response Team, it has decided to halt mass testing for the disease due to the scarce resources at the disposal of the country.
Appearing before Parliament on Thursday, June 25, 2020, to brief MPs on the measures put in place to curb the spread of the disease, the presidential advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, also added that mass testing is not the ultimate solution to eliminating the virus from the country.
“As we know, when you are tested today and you are negative and you go in about two-four days’ time, you can be positive. We will contact trace and test but it is not mass testing that will solve this problem.”
“As a country, we are also looking at the resources we have available and if you want to do mass testing it means almost everywhere, there will be trucks and PCR machines and people will come there for testing.”
“I don’t think that should be the way to go,” Dr Nsiah Asare said.
As an alternative to the cancellation of mass testing, he assured that the Response Team will continue to embark on aggressive enhanced contact tracing and testing ahead of the December polls.