The Ghana Health Service has refuted claims by some travelers that Covid-19 test results at the Kotoka International Airport are fake.
According to GHS, the testing procedure at KIA meets all international standards and is constantly being monitored by the Foods and Drugs Authority.
The reassurance comes after some disgruntled passengers who tested positive for the virus at the airport claimed that government officials are intentionally exploiting passengers by giving out untrue Covid results so they can be isolated for a fee.
The allegations were contained mainly in two viral videos made by one Mavis Boateng, a UK-based Ghanaian who traveled to the country, and one Ivy Ankrah, a Ghanaian-born US citizens who also arrived in the country on July 28, 2021.
In both videos, the two women bastardized the Covid-19 testing at the airport, accused the actors and government of exploiting foreigners and Ghanaians living abroad and also claimed they were being held captive at isolation centers at the own expense.
But in a statement, GHS noted Ms. Mavis Boateng made a lot of allegations including the fact that she presented a negative PCR test from her country of origin and as such, she did not understand why she tested positive on arrival.
“It is worth noting that a person can present a negative PCR test on arrival and still test positive at KIA because he or she may be incubating the virus. Also, your test result status is specifically with reference to the date of doing the test, so any risky activities alloy/anis can change your status,” the statement said.
It added “she also made an allegation that test/result at KIA are fake. This is also not true because the test conducted at KIA meets all international standards and is constantly being monitored by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).”
In the case of Ivy Ankrah, the statement said she tested positive on arrival on July 28, 2021 and three days later another test was conducted on her and she tested positive again, adding that she was offered hotel accommodation for isolation but she chose to stay in the hotel reception and rather instigate others against security and health officials.
See the full statements below: