Ghana Health Service reviews Covid-19 isolation guidelines

The Ghana Health Service has announced a review of the Covid-19 isolation guidelines for internationals arrivals testing positive at the Kotoka International Airport.

This measure includes strict monitoring for persons deemed eligible and cleared to now isolate at their homes after a positive Covid 19 test at the airport.

The Ghana Health Service according to its statement indicates that this review comes to add to the existing protocols since September 2020.

“Ghana introduced a policy on Covid-19 testing and management for international arrivals at the Kotoka International Airport in September 2020. Periodic reviews of these guidelines are undertaken as part of policy implementation measures. The Ghana Health Service is introducing additional measures on Covid-19 protocols for persons who test positive for Covid-19 at the Kotoka International Airport,” it said in a statement.

Ghana Health Service explained that the review has become necessary following a trend of positive cases of Covid-19 being among vaccinated and asymptomatic persons.

The measures are; “introduction of home isolation for eligible persons – persons who following assessment by the port health unit of the Ghana Health Service are found to be eligible will be allowed to undergo isolation in their homes. They will however be subject to strict monitoring to ensure compliance to the protocols. All such passengers will be briefed on the self-isolation protocols”

They added that “persons who are not eligible for home isolation will continue to be isolated in the designated National Isolation Centre for designated hotels,” the statement added.

Ghana recorded its first Omicron variant of Covid-19  amidst the Christmas festivities and the government of Ghana has introduced strict measures to control the spread of the virus.

Some of the measures introduced include all persons flying in and out of Ghana are supposed to be fully vaccinated and to strictly follow stipulated guidelines for both self-preservation and the protection of the larger society.

They further cautioned that Airlines which bring in passengers to the Kotoka International Airport who are not fully vaccinated shall be surcharged U$3,500 per passenger; and Airlines that board passengers without PCR test results, or transport and disembark passengers with Positive PCR test results into Accra will also be fined US$3,500 per passenger.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh


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