Government has to consider a significant reduction in advertised COVID-19 test – Okudzeto

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A Former Deputy Education Minister and a Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said that, Government would seriously have to consider a significant reduction in the advertised US$150.00 for a COVID-19 test. 

According to him,  Most of our returning compatriots have been under a lot of stress and deserve our continuous empathy and policy option is to have a graduated arrangement where foreigners coming to conduct big business are made to pay a little more to subsidize stressed Ghanaian returnees. 

Taking to his Social Media handle, He wrote: 

  have always advocated for some special dispensation for our fellow Ghanaians particularly in difficult circumstances such as these.

Our Government would seriously have to consider a significant reduction in the advertised US$150.00 for a COVID-19 test. Most of our returning compatriots have been under a lot of stress and deserve our continuous empathy.Another policy option is to have a graduated arrangement where foreigners coming to conduct big business are made to pay a little more to subsidize stressed Ghanaian returnees. 

A policy alternative of this kind would not be new to the aviation industry where price differentials have long existed in visa fees, ticketing cost, lounge rates etc.