Frontline Healthcare Services (FHS), a private organisation conducting the PCR test for COVID-19 on passengers at the Kotoka International Airport has issued an emergency alert to the authorities of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) over the alarming rates of positive cases in passengers arriving at the airport.
In a letter dated 24 April, 2021, signed by the Managing Director for FHS, Dr. Kudzo Seneadza, and addressed to the Managing Director of the GACL, indicated that the rates of positive cases reported at the facility is alarming.
He described it as unprecedented, the numbers tested positive on 24 April 2021, stressing that it exceeds the historical data ever recorded. Dr. Seneadze disclosed that a total of seventy-five (75) positive cases were identified on Saturday April 24, 2021, and it far exceeded a recent alarming rate of forty-five (45) which was recorded on April 21, 2021, only three days ago.
He explained that the quality of PCR test results presented upon arrival are questionable and thus threatens the fight against the pandemic.
The MD of FSH therefore recommended that some new guidelines be instituted to curtail the invasion of the virus and reinfection in Ghana.
On that note, he appealed to the Ghana Airport Company Limited and relevant stakeholders involved in the fight against the virus to review and reinforce the implementation of stringent measures to improve the quality of test permissible for entry in Ghana.
“We once again appeal to all stakeholders to implement stringent measures on the quality of PCR results acceptable for entry into the republic of Ghana. It has become imperative to implement new guidelines to curtail the influx of positive cases into the country.”
Given the report over the five day period, the variation of thirty (30) positive cases recorded in excess of what was recorded on April 21, 2021, in just a day, is nothing to be downplayed.
Unfortunately no information has been shared on passengers and their country of origin to determine which country is not taking Ghana’s requirement that serious, to an extent we recording higher rates of positive COVID-19 cases at our screening and testing facility.
Hadn’t government insisted on an extra test to validate one’s status upon arrival, the influx of the virus could have been very much devastating.