“US$150 coronavirus testing fee at Kotoka International Airport reasonable” – Koku Anyidoho


People have been condemning the Government of the amount of money taken at the airport as COVID test fee. The Government has been receiving backlash from the oppositions and many travellers who think the amount is outrageous.

Former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, had been part of the people who had criticised the Government over the $150 price for the COVID-19 test at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

According to him, he had now understood the sense of such amount after he travelled to Guinea and missed his flight because of the delay of the COVID-19 test, a situation he described as very uncomfortable.

His statement follows massive backlash and the subsequent presentation of a petition by a cross-section of Ghanaians to the government to reconsider the amount.

But, reacting to the development on his Twitter page, the Founder of the Atta Mills Institute, said though the $150 is high it can produce COVID results in less than 30 minutes.

He wrote: “Honestly, I was a critic of the $150 COVID test @ KIA till I travelled to Guinea; missed flights bcos COVID test results over there took days to be completed. $150 is high but if it can produce COVID results in less than 30 minutes; the time value of money becomes key.”