Ghana begins digital verification of COVID-19 test results

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

Ghana has begun digital verification of Covid-19 PCR test results, the country’s Ministry of Health announced.

This development makes it the first West African country to adopt a digital verification system for Coronavirus test results.

According to a statement by the country’s Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, starting earlier this week, only certified test results were accepted by travel agencies in the country.

The statement read, “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.

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“Travellers arriving in the country must use a tool made available through the UNDP-supported Global Haven partnership (PCR test results certificate verification) for COVID-19

“All travellers are strongly encouraged to sign up for accounts with the same e-mail address and mobile numbers they provided to the laboratories during testing.”

The verification system is based on the African Union Trusted Travel and ECOWAS BIOMARS standard and is being implemented by the Ministry of Health through the Ghana Health Service.

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