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FHS Denies Corruption Claims, Defends Airport COVID-19 Testing Integrity

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Frontiers Healthcare Services (FHS) refuted corruption allegations surrounding its role in the Airport COVID-19 testing project, labeling the claims as politically motivated fabrications.

“The accusations are baseless, crafted by individuals aiming for political gain,” a spokesperson for FHS remarked. This response comes after Okudzeto Ablakwa, a known figure, challenged the integrity of the COVID-19 testing process at the airport.

FHS was pivotal in restoring normalcy during the pandemic’s peak, providing rapid testing to curb the virus’s spread through international travel. “Our intervention required immense resource mobilization and unwavering commitment,” the spokesperson stated, underscoring the urgency of their mission.

The awarding of the contract to FHS was a strategic move. With Ghana’s air borders reopening, the government needed a reliable entity to manage potential virus inflow. FHS’s proposal to the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) promised a comprehensive solution, eventually making Ghana a global leader in airport COVID-19 testing.

“FHS’s system was not only effective but also innovative,” said a representative of the National COVID-19 Task Force. The setup, involving two clean air laboratories and numerous testing cubicles, was operational within a two-week window, a feat the spokesperson claims no government agency could have achieved swiftly.

Discussing the quality of tests, the spokesperson highlighted the utilization of an advanced Automated Immunoassay System. “Independent studies by entities like JH Ryu confirm the system’s accuracy,” they added.

The operation, demanding a hefty logistical presence, justified the initial test cost of $150. “Given the infrastructure and staffing costs, the pricing was necessary,” explained the spokesperson. This consideration extended to accommodating and feeding staff, considering health risks and operational demands.

Responding to claims of shortchanging the government, FHS clarified the financial aspects. “Our contract with GACL was transparent, providing fair compensation and job creation amid the pandemic,” the spokesperson noted. They emphasized that FHS bore the infrastructural costs, debunking notions of undue profit.

Moreover, FHS categorically denied any governmental favoritism. “Allegations suggesting governmental patronage are baseless and malicious,” they affirmed.

In conclusion, FHS stressed its instrumental role in pandemic response, expressing disappointment in those politicizing their efforts. “Our sole objective was saving lives, a goal we pursued relentlessly,” the spokesperson concluded.

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