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Ghana to digitally verify Covid-19 test results to stop fake certs

The Ministry of Health through the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is implementing the digitisation of Covid-19 test results for ease of verification prior to travel and upon arriving in the country.

This was made known in a statement issued by the sector minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, on Wednesday, April 21.

The move is said to make Ghana the first country in the subregion to deploy such system.

It is based on the African Union Trusted Travel and ECOWAS BIOMARS standard.

The technology platform will be jointly managed by GHS and PanaBIOS Consortium and it covers all authorised Covid-19 PCR testing laboratories in the country.

“[It] should help stop the circulation of fake test results which if left unchecked would damage the country’s effort to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 infection through imported cases,” the statement noted.

All travellers, airlines and diplomatic missions, port health, Covid-19 testing laboratories and all other relevant stakeholders are informed that only test results or certificates bearing the Trusted Travel and BIOMARS codes will be considered valid for travel out of Ghana from Wednesday, April 21.

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