Thursday, 24 June

Ghana begins digital verification of COVID-19 tests

Health News
Kwaku Agyeman-Manu

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

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.

According to the statement, Ghana has become the first country in ECOWAS to deploy a system for digital verification of Covid-19 PCR test results based on the African Union Trusted Travel and ECOWAS BIOMAS standard.

The statement noted that the technology platform, powered jointly by the Ghana Health Service and the Pan BIOS Consortium, covers all the authorized COVID-19 PCR testing laboratories in the country and should help stop the circulation of fake test results, which if left unchecked would damage the country’s effort to reduce the spread the COVID-19 infection through Imported cases.

“All travellers, Airlines and Diplomatic Missions, Port Health, COVID-19 testing laboratories and all other relevant stakeholders in Ghana are informed that only test results or certificates bearing Trusted Travel or BIOMARS codes will be considered valid for travel out of Ghana from 21st April 2021”, the statement indicated.

All travellers are, thus, encouraged to sign up for accounts on trustetravel.panabios.org with the same mobile numbers and email address they provided to the laboratories.

Source: classfmonline.com/Deborah Dowuona