Information reaching DGN Online indicates that the Tamale Covid-19 Center has ran short of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to facilitate the running of the facility.
DGN Online understands that the facility might not work in the coming days due to limited PPE.
The technicians need N95 among other materials during sorting and pooling.
The testing center at the Tamale Teaching hospital serves the five Regions of the North and Bono region as well.
The facility which started work about two weeks ago has received about 3,000 samples and run tests on 2,000 samples already with 600 being processed and about 400 samples on standby.
The Head of the laboratory, Dr. Abass Abdul-Karim told journalists that the lack of PPE and motivation for staff members who work at the facility is affecting productivity.
According to him, about 35 personnel in various teams have been working for so many hours without motivation.
“Our efforts are being met with some challenges so far as our PPEs and logistics are concern and motivation for the staff who are doing the work,” he lamented.
Dr. Abdul-Karim appealed to individuals , institutions and organizations to come to their aid of the facility.
He however cautioned residents to take the issue of Covid-19 seriously adding that the virus is real and urged the public to adhere to all the health directives to prevent the spread of the virus.
Responding to the shortage of PPEs at the testing center , the Northern Regional Health Director, Dr. John B. Eleeza, told DGN Online that a request has been made to the headquarters in Accra to supply them with PPE.
“ I have received a complain about the lack of PPEs and hopefully when we receive some from Accra we will give them out, ”he said.