Noguchi to screen for coronavirus

The Head of Virology at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, in Accra, Professor William Ampofo, said  his outfit is prepared to provide screening for any suspected case of the Coronavirus strain in Ghana.

According to him, the centre will take delivery of test kits in the course of the week.

In a radio interview on Accra-based Joy FM, Prof  Ampofo said, “We are actually expecting the shipment of the new Coronavirus kits. I am very confident that by next week, Noguchi will be able to provide confirmation or screening specific to the strain of Coronavirus.”

He said, “The institute also has a chain of international laboratories that will be able to provide confirmation should we pick up any suspected cases. So, for testing, there’s quite a solid system that has been set up to deal with suspected cases.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus as a global emergency, following the death of about 361 Chinese as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

Outside China, there are more than 150 confirmed cases of the virus and one death, in the Philippines.

More than 75,000 people may have been infected in the city of Wuhan, experts say.

But estimates by the University of Hong Kong suggest the total number of cases could be far higher than the official figures.

A report on the early stages of the outbreak by the Lancet medical journal said most patients who died from the virus had pre-existing conditions.

The report found that, of the first 99 patients treated at the Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, 40 had a weak heart or damaged blood vessels and  a further 12 had diabetes.

Most people infected are likely to fully recover – just as they would from a normal flu.

An expert at China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said that one week was sufficient for a recovery from mild coronavirus symptoms.

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