Covid 19 Test Kits prices inflated



Ghana Airport Company Limited and the Frontier Healthcare Service partnered to offer Covid 19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport(KIA). Testing kits at the KIA were priced at $150 each. Ghanaians complained about how very high this is especially when compared with prices in other countries. 

On February 11, 2021, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister-designate of Foreign Affairs, indicated  during her Vetting by Parliament’s appointment Committee that she was not involved in any discussions about the $150 COVID-19 testing fee at the Kotoka International Airport. She further stated that she was only aware of the $50 COVID-19 test for ECOWAS citizens 

“but I know at ECOWAS, a decision was taken for ECOWAS citizens throughout all the 15 member states to only have a financial burden of $50 for the COVID-19 test,” she said.

Initially, all passengers flying into Ghana were required to pay $150 for a 30-minute PCR COVID-19 test at the Kotoka International Airport.

However, on Sunday January 31, 2021, His Excellency, President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo declared that testing for COVID-19 for all nationals of ECOWAS had been capped at $50.

His excellency emphasised on the fact that the cost for other nationals outside the ECOWAS sub-region will remain at $150.

Commenting on the $50 charge for ECOWAS nationals,  the Minister-designate for Foreign Affairs justified said

“I think it is okay. Even in Europe, there are some charges left to citizens within the zone and a different one for the people outside of it.”

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