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Director - General of the CSIR leads staff to undergo COVID-19 testing

August 02, 2021 672
A technologist taking the blood sample of Prof. Victor Agyeman, the Director-General of CSIR (right) at the Head Office. A technologist taking the blood sample of Prof. Victor Agyeman, the Director-General of CSIR (right) at the Head Office.

  • Checking your COVID-19 status is very important to help you know how to manage the spread.
  • The Director-General and the staff of the CSIR Head Office undergo COVID-19 testing to know their status.

Prof. Victor Agyeman, the Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has led the entire staff at the Head Office to undergo COVID-19 testing on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

 Prof. Agyeman was joined by Prof. Paul Bosu, the Deputy Director-General who was followed by Mrs. Genevieve Yankey, Director of Administration, Divisional Heads including the Head of Corporate Affairs, Ms. Benedicta Nkrumah-Boateng, the rest of the staff, and National Service Personnel.

A team from the Biomedical and Public Health Research Unit of the CSIR-Water Research Institute (CSIR-WRI) took the staff through the various processes of the screening exercise including registration, questionnaire administration, COVID sampling, and phlebotomy (taking blood samples from the vein on the arm).

The team was led by, Dr. Samuel Armoo who is also the Head of the Biomedical and Public Health Research Unit, and assisted by Dr. Ellis Asuming-Brempong, a Research Scientist and other team members.

Speaking after going through the process, the Director-General commended the team for their meticulous work and urged the staff to cooperate with the medical team to have a smooth screening in all.

Dr. Armoo in an interview said the process has been smooth with no reports of casualties from any of the staff stressing that the team has been well-trained.

He expressed gratitude to the management of the Council for showing concern about the health status of the workers and urged the need for the workers to keep the COVID-19 protocols by frequent washing of hands, checking of temperature, sanitizing, and wearing of nose masks.

Dr. Armoo noted, the unit at the CSIR-WRI has a laboratory that conducts COVID-19 testing and has been accredited by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) adding that it has conducted testing for government and private institutions.

Apart from that, he said individuals who intend to travel overseas do walk in and have their COVID-19 status checked and are issued travel certificates. 

The entire staff of the CSIR-Institute for Scientific and Technological Information had undertaken the exercise earlier in the week.

CSIR was established in 1958 and has 13 institutes namely CSIR-Water Research Institute, CSIR-Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, CSIR-Crops Research Institute, and CSIR-Water Research Institute.

The rest are CSIR-Science Technology and Policy Research Institute, CSIR-Soil Research Institute, CSIR-Institute for Scientific and Technological Information, CSIR-Food Research Institute, and CSIR-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, CSIR-Institute of Industrial Research, CSIR-Oil Palm Research Institute, and CSIR-Building and Roads Research Institute. 

Source: Corporate Affairs Division

 


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