Ghana generates $17.3m from KIA COVID-19 tests in 4-months - Transport Minister

Between September and December 2020, an amount of $17.3 million was realised from the COVID-19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the Minister of Transport has said.

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He disclosed that Frontiers Health Services had $16.2 million while the Ghana Airport Company received $1.1 million out f the total amount made at the airport.

He made this known on Thursday, June 10, 2021, after the Minority in Parliament said it will move a motion for a bi-partisan parliamentary inquiry into the award of a contract to Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services Limited for COVID-19 testing at KIA.

Responding to the question posed to him by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, on the floor of the House, he said "Mr. Speaker, the concession agreement between the Ghana Airport Company Limited and the Frontiers Healthcare Services for the conduct of COVID-19 testing at KIA started on the 4th of September 2020. The measure was taken to limit the importation of the disease into the country through KIA, which is the foremost entry point by air passengers. The strategy was to test and isolate the infected persons for treatment at various treatment centres. Per the concession agreement, Ghana Airport Company was supposed to receive $10 per test conducted, and Frontiers Healthcare was to keep the rest as their service charge and the total conduct per test was $150."

"Mr. Speaker between September and December 2020, the total amount realised from the COVID-19 testing at the KIA was $17,590,500. So as per the concession agreement, Frontiers Healthcare Services retained $16,202,200 for its services between the stated period. The Ghana Airport Company Limited on the other hand received $1,167,300 for the same period as royalties accruing from COVID-19 testing. During the period under consideration, a total number of 117,187 came through KIA, out of this number, 115,730 paid for the testing, while 1,157 passengers consisting of children between the ages of 5-12 were exempted from paying for the testing," he added.

Earlier, Asiamah said Frontiers Healthcare Services subsequently pays $10 to the Airport Company from the $150 it charges each passenger.

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