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An advocacy group is demanding that the government absorbs the Covid-19 testing cost at the airport for Ghanaian students returning home.

Research Centre for Policy Advocacy and Governance [ReCPAG] says the government must also subsidise the chargers for other Ghanaian citizens.

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They say the Akufo-Addo government has been at the receiving end of numerous donations amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“In as much as we credit government for this singular decision to reopen the airports, we also wish to state that, the unit cost of $150 per each PCR test is astronomical, insensitive and an attempt to cash-in on a pandemic whose ravages have been felt by all including our returning compatriots.

“Although government has mounted a strong, shocking defence of the charges, our case as a country could definitely not be relatively cheaper because passengers travelling to Egypt and from China are only required to pay a paltry $30 and $26 respectively as charges for the same Covid-19 PCR test whilst countries like India and Malaysia are paying far lesser,” the Executive Director of ReCPAG, Mumuni Believer Likpalmor said in a press release.

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The statement also urged the government to adopt the GeneXpert PCR testing method.

BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT:

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