Noguchi Memorial Institute Denies Involvement In Kotoka COVID-19 Tests

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When the government decided to open Kotoka International Airport for business, one of the controversial decisions afterwards was the mandatory COVID-19 test for inbound travellers.

The $150 test was seen as a nuisance and some travelers who were unable to pay for the test were not allowed to get past immigration.

The tests, which are being administered by Frontiers Healthcare Services, has helped detect some positive cases though the travelers had secured a COVID-19 negative PCR test 72 hours before travelling to Accra.

However, there have been attempts to link the Kotoka International Airpot COVID-19 tests to one of the country’s foremost science institutions that led the way in COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana has denied any form of involvement in the COVID-19 tests ongoing at the airport.

In a statement, the memorial institute denied that it was a subcontractor for the healthcare provider that has been tasked to administer the tests.

This denial calls into question a news story that claimed that Noguchi was directly involved in COVID-19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport.


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