Ghana Police Service personnel have been ordered by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh to undergo Coronavirus test.
Per what we gathered, the IGP directed that samples of 10,000 Ghana Police officers who were part of the team enforcing the restrictions on movement in some parts of the country should be taken and tested for the deadly Coronavirus.
The comes after the President lifted lockdown restrictions in the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi areas.
The Ghana Police Service has its personnel enforcing lockdown restrictions in the above-mentioned areas.
Making the announcement, the Director of Public Affairs, Supt. Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman explained on Joy FM’s Newsnite programme that, the essence of the large scale testing is to identify police officers who might have come into contact with some infected persons while enforcing the lockdown.
In her submission, she said;
“The mission is to test as many people as possible and the Police administration has taken the initiative for police officers who performed the specific duty to be tested.
At the moment some samples have been taken but due to delays and backlogs of samples [we are waiting for results]. However, processes have started.
At any point in time, you will find an officer undertaking an assignment that takes him or her off the road or out of the office.
So should anyone test positive, it won’t be difficult at all for the officer’s health interest to be taken care of and for other police operations to run.”