Review COVID-19 Travel Protocols from "Superbug" Countries - BPS
The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) has charged the government, to as a matter of urgency review existing protocols associated with Covid-19, with immediate effect.
This development stems from the surge the country has experienced and occurrences around the globe.
The BPS, in a statement, admonished the government and the Ghana Health Service to review existing COVID-19 travel protocols such as suspend air travel from countries like the United Kingdom, South Africa, United States of America, and Brazil, afflicted with COVID-19 variants commonly referred to as the ‘superbug.’
The Bureau also wants arriving passengers from non-superbug destinations to be allowed to choose between a 5-day mandatory quarantine with testing, after which travelers who test negative end their quarantine or undergo a straight 10-day mandatory quarantine without testing.
Random sampling for school-going pupils and students after 30 days of being in school to determine prevalence among that population and re-evaluate the situation based on the outcomes has been recommended.
“The Elect-to-Rapid Antigen tests at public health facilities for sick members of the public or persons showing signs or symptoms of the disease and are willing to know their status. Antigen tests are not only less expensive but also return results faster and will help to reduce the burden on existing laboratories”, the statement added.
Furthermore, the Bureau of Public Safety encouraged businesses and organizations to consider importing the Rapid Antigen test kits and make them available for testing workers and employees showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
This method is said to “ultimately improve worker availability and efficiency, avoid business interruption by eliminating long wait times for PCR test results, and high cost of PCR tests for suspected cases, in these times when businesses are under and their bottom-lines are threatened daily.”
The Bureau of Public Safety moreover pleaded with the general public to continue to adhere strictly to all COVID-19 prevention and hygiene protocols as the devastating effect of the virus on health and wellbeing remains an evolving subject matter for public health experts.