Ghana slashes covid test price for ECOWAS nationals, receives vaccine in March
London, Feb. 1, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Ghana has reduced the price for covid-19 test for Ecowas nationals arriving the country as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo directed that “the cost of the COVID test for in-bound ECOWAS nationals be pegged at fifty United States dollars ($50) at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA)”.
“The cost of the test for non-ECOWAS nationals still remains one hundred and fifty ($150) dollars”
Akufo-Addo also announced that Ghana will receive its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine by March this year.
According to him, government is hoping to vaccinate the entire population beginning with 20 million people.
Addressing the nation for the 23rd time in his televised address on measures to manage the country’s COVID-19 situation on Sunday, 31 January 2021, Akufo-Addo said “At the 58th Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, held virtually, it was agreed that the cost of the COVID test for in-bound ECOWAS nationals be pegged at fifty United States dollars ($50) at the Kotoka International Airport.
“The cost of the test for non-ECOWAS nationals still remains one hundred and fifty ($150) dollars. ECOWAS nationals and travelers, who test positive, will bear the cost of the mandatory isolation and treatment. Ghanaian nationals, however, who test positive, upon their arrival into the country, will have their isolation and treatment costs borne by the State,” he added
He also stated that “COVID-19 tests are free for all Ghanaians at public health institutions. If a Ghanaian citizen returns a positive result, the cost of care at isolation and treatment centres will be borne by Government”.
On when Ghana will vaccinate against covid-19, the president said “in update No. 21, I indicated that Ghana is set to procure her first consignment of the COVID vaccines within the first half of this year. Since then, a lot of work has been done towards the realisation of this. Our aim is to vaccinate the entire population, with an initial target of twenty million people.
“Through bilateral and multilateral means, we are hopeful that, by the end of June, a total of seventeen million, six hundred thousand (17.6 million) vaccine doses would have been procured for the Ghanaian people. The earliest vaccine will be in the country by March,”
Meanwhile, the President has reintroduced the ban on parties, weddings and funerals in a bid to slow the rapid spread of the deadly virus.
According to the President, private burials must not be more than 25 people with social gatherings and covid-19 preventive measures strictly in place.
Also, beaches, night clubs, cinema are also banned with restaurants encouraged to limit sit-ins for patrons.
So far, 416 people have died from the deadly disease according to the President with the current active cases shooting up to 5, 358.
Currently, Ghana has 170 and 44 persons in severe and critical conditions respectively.
The President also urges churches and mosques to strictly implement covid-19 protocols adding that government will take delivery of first covid-19 vaccines by March 2020.