The vice-presidential nominee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has said that the current president of Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Health, Mr Kweku Agyeman-Manu, should intervene to facilitate the release of Ghanaians who flew in from outside the country and have been detained at the Kotoka International Airport for being unable to pay the $150 fee for a COVID-19 test before entry.
She added that the fee must be waived for such people because they should not be stranded in their own country.
In a statement, Prof Opoku-Agyemang said: “My attention has been drawn to a disturbing video circulating online purporting to show Ghanaian travellers, who have been detained and stranded at the Kotoka International Airport for their inability to raise $150 each to pay for the COVID test”.
“It is a distressing video”
“but what is particularly heartbreaking is seeing a young nursing mother and an infant dealing with these inhumane conditions”.
In adding to that, she said : “It is the primary responsibility of any government to offer aid to all of its citizens, especially in times like these”.
“No Ghanaian should be left stranded in their own country and no government should look on unconcerned.
“No citizen is any less of a Ghanaian because of their economic circumstance.”
“All Ghanaians matter”, she noted.
“I respectfully call on the sector minister, as well as the President to show compassion in a time like this, waive their fees, and eventually release these vulnerable citizens to join their families at home”,
“Ghana can do better than this”. She stated.
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