- According to the woman, officials of the airline she was travelling on rejected the COVID-19 test results she submitted
- She was asked to take another test
- But to her surprise, she was presented with a printed COVID-19 test without her sample being taken
Portia Kissi Adu, a Ghanaian who travelled to neighbouring Nigeria recently has made a horrifically disheartening revelation about Ghana’s COVID-19 fight.
Adu said she travelled to the most populous African country with fake COVID-19 test results.
Adu’s predicament began when the officials of the airline rejected her COVID-19 test results from the renowned Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
The officials forced her to take another test which she agreed to in order to avoid being late for her appointment in Lagos, Nigeria.
Adu said she was shocked to the marrow when the officials instructed her to board the flight and moments later brought to her printed COVID-19 test results without any sample taken from her.
Narrating her ordeal to Accra-based Starr FM, monitored by YEN.com.gh on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, she said: “When I boarded the flight, a gentleman brought my results and asked that I pay GHS700 which I obliged to pay via mobile money.”
The printed COVID-19 test results came from LEDING laboratory and its management has promised to investigate the development.
Meanwhile, the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases has forced the management of the Ghana Airports Company (GAC) to issue new guidelines for airlines flying into the country.
Per the guidelines, airlines are expected to sternly adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Only passengers with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory from the country of origin can be flown into the country.
Failure to do so will attract a fine of US$3,500 per passenger, the management of GAC stated in the latest guidelines sighted by YEN.com.gh, and is expected to come into effect from February 8, 2021.
All arriving passengers who test positive for COVID-19 will also undergo mandatory isolation and treatment at a cost to passengers, with the exception of Ghanaian citizens.
The isolation will be for seven days, and the final discharge of cases will be based on existing case management guidelines and protocols.
Again, passengers who arrive under emergency circumstances such as diverted flights will not be required to undergo testing if they do not leave the airport or remain in isolation in their hotel.
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