COVID-19: Gov’t to construct a laboratory in each region

President Akufo-Addo has announced plans to construct new laboratories and beef existing ones in the country.

Each region would get a laboratory each for testing of coronavirus cases.

Aside from that, there would also be the construction of three new infectious disease control centres for zone of the country.

The president gave the hint in his 8th address to the nation on the COVID-19 outbreak.

”We are going to beef up our existing laboratories, and establish new ones across every region for testing. We will establish three (3) infectious disease control centres for each of the zones of our country, i.e. Coastal, Middle Belt and Northern, with the overall objective of setting up a Ghana Centre for Disease Control. The recent, tragic CSM outbreak, with over forty (40) deaths, has reaffirmed the need for ready access to such infectious disease control centres, even though, in our time, nobody should die of the disease.”

Also, the government will in the next year construct six new regional hospitals in the 6 new regions and 88 district hospitals in districts without a hospital.

”Each of them will be a quality, standard-design, one hundredbed hospital, with accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers, and the intention is to complete them within a year. We have also put in place plans for the construction of six (6) new regional hospitals in the six (6) new regions, and the rehabilitation of the EffiaNkwanta Hospital, in Sekondi, which is the regional hospital of the Western Region,” he added.

For the district hospitals, ”It will mean ten (10) in Ashanti, nine (9) in Volta, nine (9) in Central, eight (8) in Eastern, seven (7) in Greater Accra, seven (7) in Upper East, five (5) in Northern, five (5) in Oti, five (5) in Upper West, five (5) in Bono, four (4) in Western North, four (4) in Western, three (3) in Ahafo, three (3) in Savannah, two (2) in Bono East, and two (2) in North East Regions.”

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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