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Reduce COVID-19 test for Ghanaians returning home

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Member of Parliament, North Tongu

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is promoting a special dispensation for Ghanaians going back to the nation from abroad over the required $150 Covid-19 examination for all returnees after the airport terminal was opened for arrivals on Monday, 1 September 2020.
Travelers showing up in Ghana are to pay $150 for a 30-minute PCR COVID-19 examination to stop the importation of the infection yet numerous visitors state the amount gets on the high side.
Mr Ablakwa contributing to the conversation kept in mind that Ghanaians returning home from abroad have actually been under a lot of stress and anxiety and be entitled to continual compassion following COIVD-19 as well as a result government should take into consideration lowering the rate for them.
In a Facebook message, the lawmaker said: “I have actually constantly advocated for some unique dispensation for our fellow Ghanaians especially in difficult scenarios such as these. Our government would seriously have to consider a significant decrease in the advertised US$ 150.00 for a COVID-19 test.
” A lot of our returning compatriots have actually been under a lot of tension and also deserve our continual compassion.
” Another policy alternative is to have a finished arrangement where immigrants coming to carry out big business are made to pay a little bit even more to subsidise stressed out Ghanaian returnees. A policy alternative of this kind would certainly not be brand-new to the aeronautics sector where cost differentials have actually long existed in visa charges, ticketing price, lounge prices etc.”
A not-for-profit social policy brain trust, African Centre for Wellness Plan Study and Analysis (ACH- PRA), as an example, has said the charges for the PCR tests for passengers getting to Ghana’s Kotoka International Flight terminal (KIA) are exorbitant.
The Exec Director for ACH-PRA, Dr Thomas Anabah, told Valentina Ofori-Afriyie on Course 91.3 FM’s 505 on Monday, 31 August 2020 that though private business have been mandated to take on the tests at the airport, various other private health facilities charge much less compared to the charges called for to be paid at the airport terminals yet the government claims the amount is reasonable.
Deputy Health And Wellness Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Oko-Boye explained to reporters at an interview on Monday, 31 August 2020 that: “As a ministry and a federal government who are stakeholders in the administration of COVID-19, we were very much curious about the expense of the test”.
” We wished to make sure that the expense of the test will certainly not place an unneeded concern on the guest.
” So, we promptly checked out what is being charged around the world”.
Comparing what takes place in Ghana to what pertains in other countries, Dr Oko-Boye stated: “When you go to a location like Zimbabwe, you will certainly pay regarding $210 for the test”.
” In China, you will certainly pay regarding $150 for the examination.
” In Togo and also Benin you will certainly pay regarding 150 euros and in Nigeria, it is 130 bucks however you will certainly have to go to a resort as well as lodge till the outcomes prepare.
” With the turnaround time and also accuracy of the examination ensured, we needed to choose whether the $150 sufficed to cover all the expenses. We lastly accepted fix it at that in the meantime.”

Source: Ghana Waves

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