COVID-19 samples taken at the Reference Laboratry at Effia-Nkwanta in the Western region are reportedly going bad following the shortage of reagent for testing in the region.
A big throat at the reference lab revealed this to Ghananest.com said, some samples taken from the suspected cases had gone bad and have since been disposed of.
The source indicated that the storage facility at the reference lab is currently overwhelmed, and could no longer receive samples from the various districts in the Western Region and other parts of the country.
The Medical Director for Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Dr Joseph Kobina Tambil, when approached to authenticate the validity of the story refused to comment on the matter with explanation that he was not around for sometime and cannot speak on the matter.
However, the Western Regional Director for Health Services, Dr Jacob Mahama in an interview confirmed the report and said, some of the COVID-19 samples have gone bad due to the storage capacity, but was quick to add that it will not affect the fight against the virus in the region.
Dr Mahama also confirmed that the only testing centre, Veterinary Laboratory, has also been shut down for the past two weeks due to the nationwide shortage of reagents
The Western Region now has to transport COVID-19 samples to Accra for testing while the remaining samples are kept at the districts.
The latest western regional daily report released indicates that a total of 4,092 samples are pending testing with Tarkwa-Nsuaem leading with 1,316 cases.
Source: Ghananest.com/Matthew Dadzie