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We Don’t Know How Much Frontiers Healthcare Service Made From Covid-19 Testing – GACL

Management of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) have said that they have no knowledge of how much Frontier Healthcare Service made from the covid-19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

This was in response to an enquiry made by the Head of Research Desk at Joy News, Raymond Acquah on how much Frontier Healthcare Service had earned from the Covid-19 testing contract with the Government of Ghana.

Mr Acquah had in a letter dated September 9, 2022 requested, through the Right to Information (RtI) bill, Act 2019 (Act 999) the GACL to furnish him with information pertaining to how much Frontier Healthcare Service made from the covid-19 testing at the KIA.

But the GACL in its response dated September 19, says the agreement between them and Frontier Healthcare Service contains some information which are exempted under section 10 of the RtI.

The GACL went further to say in the said letter signed by its Managing Director, Mrs Pamela Djamson-Tettey that it is “unable to confirm the amount of money derived from COVID-19 testing because passengers paid directly to Frontier Healthcare, providers of the service”.

During the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic the Health Ministry in September 2020 contracted Frontier Healthcare Services to conduct testing at the airport from all persons entering the country from outside.

The aim of the agreement was to test and isolate the infected persons for treatment at various treatment centers and limit the importation of the disease into the country through KIA.

The 30-minute PCR COVID-19 test attracted a US$150 fee for non-Ecowas citizens while those from the West African countries were charged $50 

Per the agreement, Ghana Airport Company was supposed to receive US$10 per test conducted, and Frontiers Healthcare was to keep the rest as their service charge and the total conduct per test was $150.

Somewhere in June 2011, the Minister of Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah told Parliament that Frontiers Healthcare Services had paid a total of US$1,157,300 to the Government of Ghana, in royalties from COVID-19 testing procedures at the KIA.

The GACL also received US$1,167,300 for the same period as royalties accruing from COVID-19 testing and according to the Minister the said amount was raised between October and December 2020.

However, the Minority in Parliament says Ghana was short-changed in the deal with Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services Limited with regard to COVID-19 testing services at the KIA.

A Member of the Health Committee in Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh later says during the ministerial vetting, it came to light that the deal benefitted Frontiers Healthcare more than it did for the government.

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