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Show compassion to those who cannot pay for the $150 COVID test at KIA

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Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang has called on the government to come to the aid of Ghanaians who fly into the country and cannot afford the $150 COVID test at the Kotoka International Airport.

According to her, she watched a video of a mother and a child circulating on social media and is distressing watching it.

“My attention has been drawn to a disturbing video circulating online purporting to show Ghanaian travellers, who have been detained and stranded at the Kotoka International Airport for their inability to raise $150 each to pay for the COVID test. It is a distressing video but what is particularly heartbreaking is seeing a young nursing mother and an infant dealing with these inhumane conditions.” she said in a statement.

The Vice Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress says it is the responsibility of government to intervene for such people.

“It is the primary responsibility of any government to offer aid to all of its citizens, especially in times like these. No Ghanaian should be left stranded in their own country and no government should look on unconcerned. No citizen is any less of a Ghanaian because of their economic circumstance. All Ghanaians matter.” she pointed out.

Prof Naana has called on the President and the Minister of Health to show compassion and waive the fee for vulnerable people.

“I respectfully call on the sector minister, as well as the President to show compassion in a time like this, waive their fees, and eventually release these vulnerable citizens to join their families at home. Ghana can do better than this.” the statement added.

Source: Ghana Waves

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