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The Foreign Affairs Minister details the cost of the Covid-19 Ghanaian migrant evacuation.

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, claimed that the government spent GH8,725,000 and $1,866,934 respectively to repatriate Ghanaians who were trapped in China and the United Arab Emirates owing to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Quarantine and airline tickets, she claims, were part of the cost.A further $475,895 was spent on evacuating people from West and Central African countries, as well as GH44,460,530 on quarantining evacuees in 85 hotels spanning Accra, Prampram, Bolgatanga, Takoradi, and Kasoa. 

For the fourteen-day quarantine period, the evacuees' hotel accommodations provided three meals and water per day.On the floor of the House of Parliament, answering questions Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, mobilized $428,000 and a personal cash donation of $200,000 to facilitate the evacuation from Lebanon, according to the Foreign Minister on Thursday, July 22.Sethi Brothers also sent a monetary donation of GH200,000.00 to subsidize the cost of quarantine for some evacuees from the United Kingdom, she told Parliament.

According to Ms Botchwey, the government successfully evacuated 10,025 trapped Ghanaians utilizing KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and the Ghana Air Force Casa aircraft, which were deployed to evacuate individuals from West and Central African countries.She added that 534 Ghanaians working as domestic servants in the Gulf, including 233 from Qatar and 230 from Kuwait, were repatriated, with the government covering the expense of quarantine.

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