$50 COVID-19 test: Minority to picket KIA


    Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu on his feet speaking on the floor of parliament

    The Minority in Parliament has notified the Ghana Police Service of its intention to picket the Kotoka International Airport from Wednesday, 30 March 2022.

    “We further resolved to converge on the precincts of the airport from 2 pm to 6 pm each day,” a letter from the Minority Caucus, co-signed by 3 of its MPs, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh and Kwame Agbodza, addressed to the Greater Accra regional police commander on Thursday, 24 March 2022, indicated.

    The letter stated: “It is our firm determination to sustain these mass picketing actions until such a time that the Akufo-Addo government curtails the illegal, unconscionable and extortionist COVID-19 antigen testing conducted by the iffy Frontiers Health Care Services Ltd.”

    Meanwhile, former President John Mahama has said “it is an inconvenience, a financial burden and actually unfair to compel our citizens, who we encouraged to take COVID-19 vaccinations, with some taking the boosters, to pay as much as £90 to a foreign clinic for a PCR test before they are allowed to board flights coming back home”.

    “And even more ridiculous, they must book another $50 PCR test to be conducted on arrival in Accra”, he said in a Facebook post on Saturday, 19 March 2022.

    Sharing his own disconcerting experience during a recent journey to the UK, Mr Mahama said: “The UK government considers the Ghanaian COVID-19 vaccination card internationally accepted and allows entry once you have the card without any testing”.

    “It is a most unfortunate situation that Ghanaians who have valid vaccination certificates cannot board flights back home without a £90 PCR test, and an additional US$50 PCR test booking in Accra”, he said, adding: “The government must stop the US$50 compulsory PCR test for travellers who have been vaccinated” and “must also stop the demand for originating PCR tests before the same category of travellers are allowed to board flights to Ghana”.

    He said the “reason for UK rolling back its COVID-19 restrictions is that deaths are down and severe cases requiring intensive care are down, and besides they believe it’s time to learn to live with COVID”.

    “I think it is time for us in Ghana to do same”.