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Government to Reduce Price of COVID-19 Tests

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Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, a former Deputy Minister of Health and former Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku has stated that the government has begun discussions to reduce the COVID-19 testing price at the Kotoka International Airport.

The former Deputy Minister said the government is reviewing the price of the tests which currently cost $150 amidst the increase of coronavirus cases in the country.

During an interview with Citi FM, Dr. Okoe-Boye said the complaints of Ghanaians about the price of testing for COVID-19 has been heard by the government and are seriously considered.

“I discussed with a key player at the airport, and they said they are looking at all the factors. Previously, they were testing kids between 5-12 years. They were to pay $150. As we speak, that has been cancelled. They will be tested, but they don’t pay. It is this same concerns from the public that influenced this. Constant discussions always have the potential to give you what you want”

As at now, all passengers arriving by air in Ghana are expected to go through mandatory COVID-19 testing. The price which still stands at $150, an amount many Ghanaians have complained is extremely higher as compared to many other countries in the world.