COVID-19 test results to be digitally verified to stop people with fake certs from travelling - GHS

COVID-19 test results to be digitally verified to stop people with fake certs from travelling - GHS

- Ghana Health Service has announced that it has begun the implementation of the digitisation of COVID-19 test results

- According to the GHS, this will ease the verification of test certificates to prevent people from using fake certs to travel

- This move will make Ghana the first country in the African sub-region to deploy such a system

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The Ministry of Health through the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced that it has begun the implementation of the digitisation of COVID-19 test results.

This, according to the GHS, will ease the verification of test certificates prior to travel and upon arriving in the country.

The sector minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, made this known on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Just like other digitisation initiatives, this move will make Ghana the first country in the African sub-region to deploy such a system.

COVID-19 test results to be digitally verified to stop fake certs - GHS
COVID-19 test results to be digitally verified to stop fake certs - GHS
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It is based on the African Union Trusted Travel and ECOWAS BIOMARS standard.

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The platform, according to a report filed by 3news, will be jointly managed by the GHS and PanaBIOS Consortium, and it covers all authorised COVID-19 PCR testing laboratories in the country.

All travelers are, however, informed that only test results bearing the Trusted Travel and BIOMARS codes will be considered valid for travel out of Ghana.

Still, on coronavirus, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) revealed that about 345 schools had recorded cases of COVID-19 since reopening.

The GHS statistics indicated that the Volta region is leading the chart after recording the highest number of cases since the re-opening of schools.

Speaking at a press briefing on Sunday, April 18, 2021, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said all the students who contracted the virus have recovered.

He added that the number of active cases among students is just about 13. According to him, the second dose of the vaccination will soon commence as the government awaits the second consignment by the end of May 2021.

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