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Ghana has Adopted Pool Testing as a Strategy to Detect more COVID-19 Cases

According to Accra based reporter for BBC News, Thomas Naadi; Ghana has adopted ‘pool testing’ of samples to maximize the use of coronavirus test kits. This process involves using a single test on 10 samples combined, if there’s a positive results then the entire batch is tested individually to identify the infected sample. He stressed emphatically, “scientists believe that the method is a valuable time savor, in the fight against COVID-19” and has actually seen Ghana test a lot more samples so far.

However, it’s only efficient while Ghana’s infection rates remain low. “If a majority of the pooled samples test positive then a huge number of tests have to be rerun and you lose the efficiency of doing them concurrently”; explains Nana Kofi Quakyi, a research fellow at New York University’s School of Public Health. Retroactively “Germany and India have adopted similar methods in testing for the virus, allowing them to expand their screening capacity and improve detection in communities”.

To put it into perspective, Ghana’s medical drones have been deployed to deliver COVID-19 cases directly to the laboratories – the first country to do so in the world. In actual fact, it had enabled authorities to identify and isolate infected persons quickly and contain the spread of the virus. Ghana has recorded 4,263 cases of coronavirus, 378 recoveries and 22 deaths, as of 8th May 2020. See the image below!

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