GHS begins probe into surge in COVID-19 cases at KIA

The Ghana Health Service has begun investigations into the recent surge in COVID-19 positive cases at the Kotoka International Airport.

Ghana recorded 75 positive cases on April 24 this year at the KIA, which is the highest number recorded in a day at the airport.

Though the number of daily cases continues to reduce, authorities say they are committed to finding the cause of the surge.

The Director of Port Health at the Kotoka International Airport, Dr. Lawrence Lartey, told Citi News the findings of the investigations will soon be made available.

“Investigations are still ongoing. There are various theories that have been postulated but investigations are ongoing and we are hoping that in the near future, the findings will be made available”

The Frontier Healthcare Services recently alerted the country’s health officials of a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases recorded at the airport.

The company said it recorded the highest daily number of positive COVID-19 cases at the airport on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Prior to that, the highest number was on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

 The Minority subsequently asked health officials to immediately consider the imposition of restrictions on arrivals from countries with high infection rates.

“The government should also consider a careful examination of the data and, where necessary, impose travel restrictions from regions that have travellers presenting fake or poor test results.”

“Government should also consider travel restrictions on countries currently experiencing high COVID-19 infection rates to reduce the possibility of importing COVID-19 infections into the country. Some countries have already implemented these measures and Ghana should also consider doing the same,” it said in a statement.

The African Centre for Health Policy Research and Analysis also called on the government to institute an investigation into the recent spike in the recorded cases at the airport.

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