KIA COVID-19 testing: Ranking Member on Parliamentary Health Committee impressed with processes

KIA COVID-19 testing: Ranking Member on Parliamentary Health Committee impressed with processes

- The Health Committee of Parliament, in collaboration with the Ghana Airport Company Limited, has organised an exercise

- This is to help the committee understand, familiarise themselves, and review COVID-19 testing procedures at the airport

- The ranking member on the health committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, in the end, expressed satisfaction at the performance at the airport

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The ranking member on the Health Committee of Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, in collaboration with the Ghana Airport Company Limited, has organised an exercise to inspect the COVID-19 testing processes at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The exercise took place on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the arrival hall of the KIA, with some media personnel in attendance.

The purpose of the exercise, according to the ranking member, is to enable the health committee to understand, get acquainted, and review how COVID-19 testing protocols were being undertaken at the airport to curb the spread of the disease.

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KIA COVID-19 testing: Ranking member of Parliamentary Health Committee impressed with processes
Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye (with hands outstretched), Director General, Ghana Health Services, taking some members of the committee around the facility. Photo credit: Supplied
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Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for Juaboso constituency, expressed satisfaction with procedures and facilities provided by Frontiers Healthcare Services, in collaboration with Ghana Airport Company Limited to test passengers arriving from countries around the world at the KIA.

The MP, expressing his satisfaction at the end of the exercise, said: “We were warmly received, and we’ve gone through the processes. So far, I can say I am impressed by the processes."

Though he admitted having a few reservations about the entire process; Akandoh stressed that the overall impression is good.

KIA COVID-19 testing: Ranking member of Parliamentary Health Committee impressed with processes
The teams engaged in deeper talks on the issue. Photo credit: Supplied
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The ranking member also expressed satisfaction at the reduction of the price arriving Ghanaian passengers had to pay to have the COVID-19 testing procedure done, though, he wishes it would be reduced further.

There was a lot of hullabaloo about the cost and now we are told that it has been reduced to about $50. It used to be around $150. These are the issues we picked from the people and so we will follow every bit of it. For me in general, I think it’s not bad, it’s impressive,” he emphasised.

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Meanwhile, the second phase of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccination is being undertaken all over Ghana.

The government has announced the vaccines are added protection, therefore, the COVID-19 protocols, including the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and others, should still be observed.

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