The Deputy Minister of Health in Ghana, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye has hinted made it known that there is a possible reduction in the cost of COVID-19 tests conducted at the Kotoka International Airport in the works.
At the moment, people who arrive in the country via the international airport must as part of COVID-19 protocols take a test at the cost of $150 per person.
Speaking to a section of the Media yesterday, Dr. Okoe Boye made it known that negotiations with the firm conducting the tests based on economies of scale are far advanced.
He added that the government’s aim is not to make profit from the citizens but to help preserve the lives of the citizens of the country.
“Remember economies of scale. We anticipate that the numbers will go up with the festive season. We are trying to make some arguments and really you never know, it’s a private provider but the motive is to help manage the pandemic. No element, no government official, not even the president has profit as a motive. The motive is to preserve lives and to protect our population.”
The Deputy Minister is making this comment after the Minority in Parliament’s made a call that the legality of the charge should be challenged.
According to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, the fee has not been approved by Parliament in accordance with the laws of Ghana.
Haruna Iddrisu addressed the press in Parliament on matters related to how the country has so far managed the coronavirus pandemic, where he demanded transparency with regards to the utilization of COVID-19 funds.
“Give us the legal basis for those charges. If we have to do something, it has to be supported by legislation. It is illegal and exploitative.”
Dr. Okoe Boye in response says that the government is still considering reducing the cost of the COVID-19 test subsequent to which accounts can be given.
“We have not thrown away completely the argument of cost reduction. As I speak, there have been occasions I have engaged the company with the permission of my boss Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu to make arguments on why we think that there should be a reduction.”
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