President Nana Akufo-Addo has paid a visit to staff members at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine in the Ashanti Region.
The visit was to familiarize himself with their operations as they help Ghana’s efforts in the fight against the novel coronavirus in the area of testing of samples.
President Akufo-Addo’s visit to KCCR comes after a similar one to Noguchi in Accra.
After a tour of the facility, President Akufo-Addo described as encouraging the number of young persons who were working in the facility.
“It’s very encouraging. I’m seeing that so many young scientists emerging and having the opportunity to put the knowledge to practical concrete use. It’s encouraging for our future,” he said
On their part, Scientific director at KCCR, Prof. Richard Odame Phillips, reiterated that they were committed in their work of testing COVID-19 samples.
He also disclosed to the President that they had processed nearly 50,000 samples with 913 testing positive.
We are committed to doing the work and we will keep doing it. We have processed 49,921 samples and 913 positives, he said.
Prof. Phillips also confirmed that all backlogs at KCCR had been cleared and added that some provisions from the government has enhanced their testing capacities.
We are current in terms of our analysis of samples. Since we got the robots, it has helped us to clear and beef up our testing.
Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine is one of the leading sites for the testing of COVID-19 samples in the country.
Coronavirus situation in Ghana
As of Saturday, April 16, 2020, the country has recorded 5,638 positive cases of the virus with 1,460 recoveries and 28 deaths.