The North Tongu legislator, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has hinted of raising the ‘red flag’ on the alleged shady quarantine of travelers who arrived at the Kotoka International Airport and tested positive via an antigen test for COVID-19, in parliament this week. His concerns have been heightened by a series of complaints by some Ghanaians in the diaspora who felt there is everything to believe authorities at the port are faking their results so they could extort money from them.
Among several complaints raised is a serious allegation about some shady deal at M-Plaza hotel, given the count of cases referred to the facility for quarantine. A recent video of a woman lamenting port health authorities were wrongly transferring travelers to M-Plaza Hotel over a ‘fake COVID-19 positive result, had already gone viral and raised quit a wild speculation and doubt in the public domain about the numbers being reported as infected by the deadly virus.
Mr. Ablakwa learning of which indicated that the quarantine arrangement with M-Plaza appears to be a ‘monopolistic sweetheart deal’ being executed to exploit suspected corona positive travelers. He remarked that such reports could dent our [Ghana] reputation of being outstanding in Africa in respect of transparency in managing COVID-19.
“Too many distress reports from the traveling public about false positive COVID-19 antigen test results at Kotoka; refusal of authorities to permit a second confirmatory test; transporting suspected corona positive travelers under unfriendly compulsion for isolation at M-Plaza Hotel (an apparent monopolistic sweetheart deal); very poor, shabby and hostile treatment of our compatriots by airport officials and notorious Frontiers staff.
“This cannot be good showpiece for a country touting itself as the gateway to Africa. Government should not be compounding stress levels of its own citizens at a time this insidious pandemic has taken such a toll on many. Efficient, credible, transparent, scientific and commonsensical systems ought to be pursued. Ghanaians in the diaspora deserve better — a more sensitive, courteous and respectful response; not the flippant dismissals and misplaced resort to sovereignty.”
He concluded that its about time a drastic measure is taken to resolve these complaints when it is confirmed to be true. Mr. Ablakwa stressed that parliament shall discuss this at length, and ensure that it never happens again.
“We shall raise the matter in issue on the floor of Parliament this week and demand appropriate answers from officialdom. This cannot be allowed to fester,” he stated.
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