President HE Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo

Ghana’s Ministry of Health has begun the process of digitising polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results to ensure easy verification at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), the President HE Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo has confirmed.

The move according to him is to prevent fake COVID-19 PCR test results certificate from being used to enter the country.

In a televised address to the nation over the weekend as part of measures taken against the spread of COVID-19, the president said the new technology platform being used at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) is based on standards set by the African Trust Travel and ECOWAS Biomars.

He insisted that all travelers arriving in Ghana must have their test results or certificates bearing the trust or ECOWAS codes to be acceptable at KIA.

“We have re-evaluated quality checks on testing at KIA, and we are satisfied with the sensitivity and specificity of the testing regime there,” he added.

Earlier this year, the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu had announced a digitisation element been incorporated in Ghana’s COVID-19 testing regime at the airport to fast track the process, adding that “the system has been designed such that it would flag suspicious results and that would give officials an indication that there is a problem with the results.

We would then reach out to the mission in the departing country to verify if the result is from any of the accredited laboratories.” 

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