COVID-19: "241 Ghanaian Migrants Tested Negative Before Arrival" - Osei Bonsu Dickson
Director for Media and Communication for Operation COVID Safety, Osei Bonsu Dickson has confirmed that all 241 Ghanaian Migrants who were deported from Kuwait tested negative for coronavirus before arriving into the country.
According to Mr. Dickson, the confirmation comes after the migrants were run through serological test in Kuwait.
Addressing the media at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), Mr. Dickson said “They needed to be taken through serological test, and that took place in Kuwait which all of them tested negative"
He added, the test was part of measures of ensuring that the Ghanaians returning home were safe, had good healthy conditions and to save the country from recording more cases.
Mr. Dickson who doubles as the Chief Legal Advisor at the National Security Council Secretariat said "The danger of bringing them in is a much reduced one because of the prior information we had about the tests that were taken"
He explained that the 241 Migrants are the first batch of Ghanaians living abroad who have been brought back into the country despite the wide spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
"They arrived via a special chattered flight at the cost of the Kuwaiti government" he confirmed.
Thinknewsonline.com can confirm that personnel of the Ghana Health Service were present at the Airport to run various test on the deportees.
It is emerging that the deportees will not only be screened but tested before being escorted to their designated quarantine centers for another 14 days.
Welcoming the deportees, Aviation Minister, Kofi Adda said "I am assuring you of government’s commitment to your welfare, part of the reason charges for your mandatory quarantine have been absorbed by the state"
Thinknewsonline.com gathers that there are about some three thousand Ghanaians living abroad who have asked government to fly them back home.
However, Director for Media and Communication for Operation COVID Safety, Osei Bonsu Dickson says measures are been put in place to grant their requests.
In other developments, the remaining 43 passengers who were identified as Togolese on board the flight from Kuwaiti have been flown back to their country.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith