Airport tests for COVID-19 should be celebrated – Oppong Nkrumah

The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says the current COVID-19 testing regime at Kotoka Airport must be celebrated and not attacked

The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says the current COVID -19 testing at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra must be celebrated as an important intervention aimed at stopping the importation of COVID-19 into Ghana. It should not be a subject of attack from any side or end of the political divide, he argues.

According to the minister, Health Frontiers, the company contracted by Ghana Airports Company Ltd (GACL) to carry out the tests, is providing a critical service designed to protect the whole country from the devastating effect of any possible importation of COVID-19 into Ghana.

Oppong Nkrumah made these remarks while responding to questions posed by the Minority in Parliament about the operations of the company tasked to perform tests at the port of entry.

“We are very satisfied with their tests which have helped prevent 50 cases from getting into the general population as of the end of September 2020. It will be irresponsible of us to tinker with the successes being achieved so far,” he said.

Playing politics

The minister, who is also the MP for Ofoase Ayirebi in the Eastern Region, rubbished claims by the Minority that the company providing the service at the airport is not credible.

“Their services were well procured, their standards meet global requirements and we have no qualms with them. If indeed the Minority wants answers to questions, they know the appropriate place to file those questions as Parliament resumes,” Oppong Nkrumah said.

He added that it is sad that the NDC has sought at every turn to play politics with the management of COVID-19.

“Their scare tactics, calls to parents to withdraw wards from schools and attacks on government have all failed. This is the latest page in their book of cooked-up controversies,” the minister said.

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